More and more, businesses are understanding that some of the most valuable skills an employee can possess have very little to do with their job title or position. For instance, a potential recruit that knows how to use a certain type of software might also lack good people skills and they might fare more poorly than someone who lacks that same software knowledge but has great people skills. There are some careers and experiences that create higher-than-average success rates, both in business and in life. One of these is being a pilot. Here are three important skills pilots acquire from flying.
The ability to stay cool and calm under pressure
There are very few situations people find themselves in that are genuinely and legitimately life-or-death scenarios. Pilots are quite literally in a life-or-death situation every time they fly. When anything goes wrong, a good pilot realizes that panicking will not solve anything. Pilots have to be able to set their panic aside and think calmly and rationally to solve their problems.
Most of the time, people have to make decisions before they have a full and complete picture of the problem. Sometimes, people act too quickly or rashly and just make things worse. In other cases, they become paralyzed by fear of making the wrong decision and fail to act at all. Pilots have to do their best to assess the situation as best they can, then quickly run through any and all options available to them. They then must make a decision and act on it swiftly. In addition, they have to remain open to making course corrections as more information presents itself.
Many people think that confidence is the opposite of humility but it is not. It is possible to be confident and humble at the same time because the opposite of humility is arrogance, not confidence. You can be confident without being arrogant. The more skill a pilot gains, the more confident they become, but they are also keenly aware that their lives and those of any passengers are at the mercy of forces beyond their control. While there may be some pilots that are arrogant, it generally only takes a few life-threatening moments or incidents to instill some humility in them. Making it through those same moments will give them more confidence, but it will end up being tinged with humility at the same time.