It’s every passenger’s worst nightmare – the pilot falls unconscious and you’re left to fly the plane.
In 2011 a couple we’re flying across rural Colorado and found herself having to take control of a plane after her husband became incapacitated.
Despite having never flown an aircraft before she managed to fly the plane through mountains to safety, thanks to the guidance of another pilot in the area.
On the audio transcript of the incident the other pilot asks:
‘Have you ever flown an aircraft before?’
‘Do you have any experience?’
‘No,’ the woman replied.
The guiding pilot then instructed the woman on how to turn on the autopilot function and begin a controlled descent.
Planes are complicated beasts. To the average person a cockpit filled with hundreds of buttons and knobs is overwhelming.
Then you are told you have to land the thing or crash.
All you would be focused on was landing. You wouldn’t be worried about how to takeoff, cruise, pre-flight checks or the hundreds of other tasks in flying.
But people approach business education like this.
Trying to learn everything at once. Accumulate knowledge that you might need in the future.
Successful people learn the things they need to move them forward.
More customers? Attraction and marketing
More valuable customers? Qualification
Expansion? Leverage and IP
They learn these things just in time to apply them and benefit from them. Execute and move to the next thing.
If you try and learn everything you think you need to know you don’t know enough about the one thing that will move you forward. Right now.
If you’re looking for the thing that will move you forward right now I can tell you.
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