The Airplane Analogy
Motivational speaker, Prince Ea, describes an interaction he had with a pilot. Recalling the pilot’s words, Prince Ea states that “many passengers think planes are dangerous to fly in, but actually it’s a lot more dangerous for a plane to stay on the ground. On the ground, the plane starts to rust, malfunction, and wear, much faster than it ever would if it was in the air.”
He goes on to make the analogy between unused planes and unused human potential. “So it is perhaps the saddest loss to live a life on the ground without ever taking off.” At the end, he comes to the conclusion that:
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure.”
So, how does one overcome self-doubt? Well, it takes practice! It takes practice to recognize and remove self-limiting thinking. It takes practice to reframe the way we think of failure. It takes practice for us to redefine conventional definitions of success and begin to create our own.
But just like it took the Wright brothers years’ worth of failed attempts to be the first ones to fly, so does it require a similar amount of mental persistence for anyone to overcome doubt and work through failure to achieve their dreams.