— And What To Do About It!
–and one of the most competitive.
Kick-butt paramedics, nurses and pilots are rejected every day because they simply don’t have what it takes to rise above an enormous crowd of candidates.
A lot of wannabes believe it’s the competition keeping them from reaching their dreams.
Sometimes that’s true . . .
But most of the time –it’s just plain wrong.
So What is Keeping You from Your Dream
Have you ever heard the saying “Scratch with the chickens or soar with the eagles?”
The saying is a fable. A life lesson meant to teach us something important. Something we can use in all areas of our lives.
The story goes like this…
The story is about a man who found an eagle’s egg and placed it under a brooding hen.
Eventually, the hen hatched the eagle egg with the chicken eggs she was sitting on. The eagle was raised and grew up just like the chickens.
And because the eagle only knew what it saw, it clacked and clucked like a chicken; scratched the earth for worms like a chicken, and every now and then flew a couple feet in the air like a chicken.
Then one day, the eagle, now much older, saw a magnificent bird soaring in the sky.
Amazed, the eagle asked “who’s that?”
“That’s the king of the birds,” said the eagle’s neighbor. “That’s an eagle. He belongs to the sky.”
“But we belong to the earth. …we’re chickens.”
The eagle accepted his neighbor’s answer and lived the rest of his life as a chicken, not even realizing he was meant to soar with the eagle he saw that day.
The moral of the story is that we become the company we keep. Who we hang out with makes a big difference in our lives.
I Used to be Chicken
There was a time in my life, not long after I became a medic, when I was chicken.
I was hanging out with the wrong crowd (scratching with the chickens) and my life showed it.
Luckily, I caught it. And with the help of great parents and great friends, I made some changes in my life.
And before I knew it, I was in flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Looking back, that time in my life scares me. Because if I had stayed on the same course, I would still be scratching with the chickens today.
What’s Your Story
Are you a chicken?
Or an eagle?
Are you failing to reach your goal of flying because of competition? Or because you’re scratching with the chickens? e.g. Holding yourself back?
Your answer is not as important as your desire.
And realize it’s not about choosing an air or ground career, it’s about being the best you can be– air or ground.
It’s okay if you’re currently holding yourself back. It’s probably not your fault. The key is to make changes.
Change is Hard
So you might be saying to yourself, “Change is hard. And I’m not a young eaglet any more.”
Your age doesn’t matter.
If you need to make changes, you need to make changes. I get the fact that life, relationships, and work all play a part in how quickly you can change. I also get the fact you probably can’t just quit your job to change the company you keep.
But here is what you can do:
Pat yourself on the back for realizing change is needed. Most people never admit this –even to themselves.
Start by managing what’s in your control. How are you spending your free time? Including the free time at work (especially if you’re EMS)? Are you laying on the crew couch sleeping? Or taking a course to improve your life?
Who are you hanging out with when you have a choice? What are you doing to move toward your goal of flying?
Air medical jobs are the best in the world. So if you want one, you have to be willing to do what it takes to get one.
Scratch with the chickens or soar with the eagles. It’s all about making the right choices.
If you’re already working a Flight Safety Net career, tell us how you got started (your initial training) in the comments section below. Sometimes people succeed by following the path of others. Pay it forward and share how and where you got started.
Clear Skies & Tailwinds,
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