I skimmed over the email quickly; shaking my head and clenching my jaw due to its contents. I could sense the fears and uncertainty beneath the words; a stranger reaching out for wisdom and comfort. And, I had nothing to say. I didna��t feel the compassionate support that they needed from me, because if the last few months taught me anything, I knew that there isna��t much certainty in aviation and an epic life doesna��t come easy.
But, it will all be worth it.
Not writing for over a week has resulted in a million tangents of jumbled thoughts, so I’m throwing in this summary of what I have learned in my first for months in the corporate aviation industry. Thanks for all of the teaching. I’m grateful for the growth.A�
- Opportunities can come from anywhere.
Be ready to face what you never want to face.
- You are much stronger and much more capable than you give yourself credit for.
- Someone is always watching.
- You dona��t rise to the occasion; you fall back on your level of training.
- Over-communicate. (I mean, when someone tells you to get six ice teas, did you realize how many types of ice tea is available out there? Well, I do.
- Be clear.
- Do more than you are asked and expected to do.
- Be kind to everyonea�� even the people a�?below you.a�?
- Remember someonea��s name.
- The 405 is a bitch.
- Your bosses are NOT actually a�?out to get you.a�?
- Ask questions and communicate with your superiors. They actually want to help
- Force yourself beyond your comfort zone.
- Every flight is a a�?job interview.a�?
- Corporate flight attendants are magicians with super powers to solve problems with poise.
- You are one airplane sale or bad performance away from losing your job. (Not said to scare you, but a reminder to always show up ready).
- Figure out a way to manufacture the confidence you do not feel.
- That energy you havea�� people pick up on it, so pick an energy that is positively contagious and captivating. It will support you in your
- The Evolution Orange Juice in 16oz bottles is usually sold out when you need it.
- Make a plan and expect it to be changed.
- Anticipate what could happen. Anticipate what might happen. Anticipate all of it.
- Stop spending so much time breaking your own heart.
- Kiteboarding is still the best escape.
- This time matters.
- People are more impatient and patient than you expect.
- There’s more to it than perfection.
- There’s a really pretty way to plate food.
- I can cook things.
I recently flew and was told by the captaina�� who intimidates the hell out of me due to both looks and personalitya�� before the flight, a�?You have to be perfect. This flight has to go flawlessly.a�? I shook my head, rolled my eyes, pursed my lips, and responded witha�� a�?Yeah. Thanks. No pressure.a�? And, you know what happened? I wasna��t perfect and Ia��m not upset with myself because of that. There was a point in my life when I would have been. When that statement, by that captain, would have stressed me to a ball of tears. Now, I see it as this; If you do the best you can, with where you are at and with what you have, you can walk away from any job, any relationship, any situation and think, a�?What did I do well? What can I improve on? How can I make the experience better next time?a�?
Every day is a chance to be better than the yesterday. When you think you have to be perfect you will never ever find your best self.
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