I have a high school buddy who flew F-14s for many years.

He was evidently quite good at it because he had a stint at Top Gun as a trainer. I told him once how amazed and impressed I was that he did that for a living. His response took me by surprise.

He said: “Think about it, if you had as much practice as me, and the government had spent as much money on you as they had on me, you could be an F-14 pilot too. Anybody can fly an F-14.”

For a moment I was impressed, with myself.  Then I realized that’s not true. Many people, with the same practice and money invested, didn’t get to fly and F-14.  Some became REOs, or fixed wing pilots or helicopter pilots.

I asked him, what made him different from them.

His answer has been a guide for me for many years.  he said “I don’t know.  I guess I just wanted it worse than they did.”  Imagine that.

A simple attitude can make that much of a difference. Has your attitude held you back from time to time?  Has it stopped your growth and development?  Maybe now is the time to do something about it. Find  some way to start doing something different.  Learn new skills, get fit.

Remember: If you want to differentiate yourself, you have to do something different!