Flying an airplane, and being a pilot has taught me so much about life.
There are so many things that I have experienced during the flight which I can relate and implement in life too.
In this list post, I have discussed the life lessons I have got from flying.
Apart from the lessons from my experience in the aviation industry, I shared stories from my other aviation friends.
Any goal can be achieved if you are persistent.
Like anything else in life, you need to practice a lot to become a safe incompetent pilot.
Many student pilots struggle in the beginning to land the aircraft properly.
But as they practice more touch and go, they become better at doing it.
And pilots they never stop learning because they know that the more they learn today the better it will aid them to conduct a safer flight.
Such is also valid for everything in life. If you are struggling with something then it is best to keep working on that.
Keep working to improve your current state.
If you focus on improving your skills eventually you will be able to achieve whatever you want in life.
So giving up in life is not an option which is the same for becoming an incompetent pilot.
Maintaining composure and never rush things.
It is known that if you cannot keep your composure for doing anything in life, you may lose.
Similar to flying an airplane, if you try to rush things, you may skip some important component to safely pilot a flight.
It is necessary as a pilot to not rush things.
If you go through your preflight checklist in a hurry, you might miss out on something that is a concern for flight safety.
In case you face a difficult situation during your flight, you must learn to keep your cool.
Because if you lose your peace and try to rush things, probably you will end up making the situation worse.
Therefore pilots always remain calm even in tough circumstances.
In life no matter what happens you have to stay in peace with everything so that you can achieve everything you want in life.
You cannot be in a hurry because life is a marathon, not a sprint.
Someone is always better than you. Hence show gratitude and remain happier.
No matter which aircraft you fly today you will always want to fly something bigger.
Because human wants are infinite. Today you may fly a smaller turboprop airplane and you may look at a jet airplane and really want to fly that.
Human minds are never satisfied with what they have. They always crave for more.
Willing to pilot a bigger airplane is not a problem, what I believe important is to be happy and show gratitude for what you currently have.
And to reach your goals for flying a bigger airplane you have to keep trying and move forward.
Sitting idle and dreaming will never help you.
Likewise with life:
In life, you can never have all the things you dream of. You may achieve your goals but it will require time and patience.
You may have received something excellent today and the day after you find out your neighbor has something better than that.
That is why in life many people are not happy because they are not satisfied after all.
However, showing gratitude and sustain working towards your goal is a fundamental ingredient for happiness.
If you do not have a goal you will never go anywhere.
Do not expect everything in life to be perfect.
An experienced pilot might have to land an airplane ten times in a day.
Out of that 10 landings, 5 of them may not be so good.
2 landings may have bounce landing and three of them may be a perfect landing.
It means no matter how much you try not every time you will land your airplane perfectly.
Because you cannot perfect anything.
That is the same way with reality.
In life nothing is perfect, however, still, life goes on.
No one’s life is perfect. It may seem someone very happy from the outside but inside the story may differ from the surface.
So do not compare yourself with others and you will be a lot happier in life.
You must always remember that no one is perfect neither are you.
Planning is everything.
Without proper plans, it is difficult to achieve anything. Before every flight, it is essential for pilots to have preparations.
Preparations include having a flight plan and check the weather forecast.
Apart from the above mentioned two, there are so many other procedures a pilot has to go through before each flight.
In life as well if you intend to achieve something and accomplish your goals you must prepare and plan.
Without a plan, you will be like a sailor in life without a map.
So it is crucial to have plans in life.
Not always you will success with all your plans but having a plan means you will get closer to your goals in life sooner.
Challenges will qualify you for critical situations.
As a student pilot, your flight instructor will push you to train in difficult situations.
It means the flight instructor will throw challenges towards you so that you can overcome the challenges.
Once you practice overcoming the challenges in flight, you will be bold and know exactly what to do during a critical condition in the future.
Meaning challenging will help you progress towards becoming a better pilot.
In life, if you do not take challenges you will not develop. It is vital to get out of your comfort zone and take tests.
Trials will push you to overcome and eventually grow as a better person in life.
There will always be challenges in life and if you give up without facing the hurdles you will probably remain in one place and not progress ahead in life.
By not moving forward in life I meant the fear of not taking challenges will prevent you from so many amazing experiences in life.
So learn to take challenges in life, as a result your world will be more enjoyable.
Always be prepared for unwanted situations.
During a flight, a pilot can only anticipate what may the en-route weather be.
Yet they can never be sure of what may change and all the occurrences en-route.
Nevertheless, the pilot boards the cockpit and prepare for takeoff.
Because they are ready to face all the turbulence until they carry all the passengers safely to their destinations.
In life, you must be courageous and believe in yourself that you can face all kinds of hardships.
Nothing in life must pull you downwards.
All you have to do is trust yourself and do what you have to do.
No matter how much we plan to perfectly achieve success, hardships may temporarily restrict us but never cannot stop us.
Apply an oxygen mask on yourself first.
This one is interesting.
Everyone has to help themselves first and only then they can help others.
In-flight if you do not wear your oxygen mask but try to help others first, then you may end up in a critical situation.
That is why it is advised to wear your oxygen mask first to ensure safety.
Ensure your safety first and only then you will be able to help others.
Likewise in life, you have to help yourself to grow first.
You are willing to help others without having adequate for yourself, it is not the best idea.
If you intend to help others then you have to become a better version of yourself first.
Suppose you want to help the unfortunate people by supporting them with money.
Though what you possess now is insufficient for yourself and you give away most of it for donation.
What will happen then?
The result will be you end up being poor.
So help yourself to make more money so that in the long run, you can donate money for the good of this world.
As a result, you will be happier and you will not end up poor trying to help others.
All pilots need to have strict self-discipline.
Without self-discipline and focus, a pilot cannot become an outstanding pilot.
Every pilot who has achieved good safety records and has maintained a good relationship with the company authorization has good self-discipline.
At least that is what I have noticed being in the aviation industry for the last 10 years.
They are praised because of their focus at work and being in schedule all the time.
In life, if you do not have self-discipline then it will be so much harder for you to achieve your goals.
To be successful in life you have to have focus. There is a saying where focus goes energy flows.
So to become good at anything you need to have self-discipline first. Having self-discipline will aid you in keeping the focus on your goals.
If you put energy on your goals in no time you will be a successful person.
Nevertheless, it truly depends on the person how do they define success. Because success can be many things.
Every person has their own definition of success.
Regardless of how a person defines success it is crucial to have self discipline in their daily routine.
I believe this is not all the life lessons one can get from flying.
If you have some more ideas in your mind do not delay to share in the comment section below.