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Why Small Business Owners Should Look to Pilots for Inspiration

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03 October 2023

Think about it: pilots are responsible for the safety and success of their passengers, just as business owners are responsible for the success of their companies. Pilots must be able to make quick decisions in high-pressure situations, and so must entrepreneurs. Pilots must be able to navigate complex systems and regulations, just as entrepreneurs must navigate the ever-changing landscape of their industries.


'they can teach the importance of preparation.


But it’s not just about similarities in responsibilities. Pilots also possess a unique set of skills that translate perfectly to the world of business. For example, pilots are experts in risk management. They must constantly assess and mitigate risks, just as business owners must do in order to succeed. Pilots also possess strong problem-solving skills, the ability to think on their feet, and excellent communication skills. All of these are essential qualities for any successful entrepreneur.


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So, what specifically can a pilot teach a small business owner?


For starters, they can teach the importance of preparation. Pilots must have a detailed flight plan before takeoff, and similarly, business owners must have a detailed plan before launching their companies.


Pilots can also teach the importance of staying calm under pressure. When things go wrong in the cockpit, panicking is not an option. The same goes for entrepreneurs when they encounter unexpected challenges.


But perhaps most importantly, pilots can teach small business owners the importance of always striving to improve. Pilots must constantly train and practice in order to maintain their skills and stay current with regulations. Similarly, entrepreneurs must constantly be learning and adapting in order to stay ahead of the curve.


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