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5 Startup Lessons I Learned While Becoming a Pilot

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Goals, Investor Ready, Setbacks, Startups

As a recently licensed private pilot, I feel truly alive when flying a small plane. In a single flight I can feel pride, humility, fear, joy, and triumph. This list of feelings also crops up on a regular basis for my co-founder and me as we work to build our publishing startup, causing me to reflect on the similarities between learning to fly and building a startup. Here are my top five flying lessons that also apply to my startup efforts: 1. Practice, Fail, Learn. There is nothing stickier than a lesson learned by f’n it up the first few times. We had just landed, and the 1946 Champ rolled down the runway at good clip when my instructor told me to take over and taxi us back to the hanger. Feeling confident that we were safe on the ground, I took the stick. For the first few hundred feet I had things under control. In an instant, I felt the back end of the plane start to swing to the right. My instructor called for more right rudder, but I reacted too slowly. The plane made an abrupt left turn, the left wing dipped and almost struck the ground. Finally, the plane came to a quick stop sitting...

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