Thursday, February 21, 2019
Through the years, Airplanes have relied on durability. History, research, design, technology and pilot training have helped the airline industry thrive. Typically, an average of 150,000 flight hours are logged before a plane is finally retired (roughly 30 years). And the acrylic windows on these aircraft take a beating. Obviously, the windows get scratched and worn down at a faster rate than the fuselage. As commercial airline travel popularized and took off (pun intended), one company established a way to repair these windows. They started by applying an abrasive over the window until the entire window was evenly "roughed up" down to the level of the deepest scratch. Then, much like sandpaper on wood, a finer abrasive was used and another until the surface was smoothed down to the original look without compromising the integrity of the entire window. Each abrasive, but especially the first, needed a certain amount of applied, even pressure to work properly: too much in one area and the entire window would be broken, while not enough pressure would get limited results.
When you engage in training and education for anything, each level has a particular amount of "pressure" that you apply. From success training to money management, diets to DIY, you envelop yourself at a rate in which you learn and retain the most information and, most importantly, allow that lesson to become a common practice in your life. The most important piece of the training you receive is the original application: too much in one area and you give up or become frustrated, while not enough would get you limited results. What is your teachability index (your willingness to learn and your willingness to accept change) and how can you use that to apply the pressure you need to grow, win, repair or succeed?
"There's no such thing as a natural-born pilot." – Chuck Yeager