Be Like a Pilot

What do pilots do when they first get on the plane as a passenger? – For one thing, they always look around to find the nearest emergency exit. Then count the number of seats between them and that exit. It only takes a quick glance.

In the dark, or under water, or if there is smoke, or if upside down, you know beforehand where the exit is. You can blindly count the number of seats by touch to reach that emergency exit row, because you have counted them.

It’s quick and easy to do, every time.

Failure is Not Permanent

You’ve no doubt heard about the website Alibaba, started by Jack Ma. His company attracts 100 million shoppers a day and his current net worth is around $20 billion dollars.

“I failed 3 times in college. I applied 30 times to get a job but I have always been rejected. When KFC came to China for the first time, we were 24 to apply and I was the only one to be dismissed. I wanted to go into the police and 5 postulants, I was the only one not to be accepted. I applied 10 times to return to Harvard University USA and I was rejected.” Jack Ma, Alibaba Creator & 22nd World fortune according to Forbes in 2015.

“Never give up because you failed once, know that failure is sometimes out of the way to reach your intended route”

Here is a good interview with Jack at Davos World Economic Forum Interview by Charlie Rose. Go to 8:30 for the above talk about his failures.

Words for Teenagers

Words for Teenagers

I think we’ve all seen this going around Facebook and its a good reminder for all of us. Looking back on my teen years, these really were the years for us to goof off, be lazy and not have to take responsibility. Sometimes I worry that we break the spirit too early to allow our children to live and have a time in their life when they don’t always have to be on task. Thats not to say that teens shouldn’t develop good study habits and work ethic and get out from in front of the TV.

“Always we hear the cry from teenagers ‘What can we do, where can we go?’…My answer is, “Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you’ve finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again.” In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you.“ 

As I reread this, I think that what we really need to do is change the title to “Words for Adults” This line especially makes the case for that “..grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person” 

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