Flying Life #1 – “Have an out”

One lesson good flight instructors teach their students (over and over) is that they should always “have an out.”

Having an out is knowing where to go for safety. Whether it’s a place to land, or getting to good weather to make landing better, or even landing somewhere that isn’t a runway if that’s the safest option.

“Having an out” doesn’t have to be a complex plan. You don’t need to take a lot of time to come up with it, but we should ALWAYS have an out. Flying in marginal weather? Which way and how away is good weather? Launching a new product with the business? What do you do if it doesn’t work? Joining a partnership? Do you have an exit plan? It doesn’t need to be complex, and can save an enormous amount of stress, and allow for confident and correct decision making when circumstances require it.

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