Last year was a big milestone in my aviation career. I successfully completed training to qualify me as a Captain at my airline. Just before my 30th birthday I finally accomplished a goal I had set for myself since first taking to the skies at 15. The whole Captain training process got me thinking a lot about leadership. It’s no secret that a great leader is someone that leads by example. People naturally have a little more respect for people that practice what they preach. Whether it be the owner of the business/CEO helping out on the ground floor, or the personal trainer that actually looks like a personal trainer. I’ve always had great respect for people in powerful or influential positions that can set the tone by taking the reins and leading by example.
My Captain upgrade just so happened to come at the time when my wife Carly was 6 months pregnant with our son. I started thinking to myself “Hey dummy, you better realize this little guy is going to be watching you for the rest of your life, the good and the bad. He’s going to have front row tickets to the daddy gong show.” That was an actual conversation with myself by the way. I realize we’re all human and we make mistakes. You learn the whole parenting thing as you go. I hope the biggest thing he does notice is how I take care of myself. I learned along time ago that by making things habitual, it increases your chances of success. I hope I can teach my son at an early age that good fitness and eating habits are an important part of a balanced lifestyle. The best way for me to teach him this is leading by example. If he takes good care of his mind and body those habits he develops will certainly spill over into other areas of his life. If I can get him on that bandwagon at an early age, he will be a well prepared person to head out into the world. And if his mother ever lets him leave the house, the day will come where he is more than ready to lead his own pack.
Keep the blue side up.
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