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By Elizabeth McCormick

Most pilots are overachievers, and I was no exception.
If I was going to do anything, it was with 100% effort and intensity.

That served me well in school, College, and even in Army Basic Training where I finished 2nd.  And again at Warrant Officer Candidate School, where I finished first in my class; excelling was all I knew.

Going from that high achievement to struggling in Flight School?  I didn’t know how to react.  I didn’t know how to pull myself out of that struggle and get back to the comfortable part- succeeding.   I was so far out of my comfort zone, I couldn’t find it.

I passed this phase of flight school- LAST in the class.  And I learned one of the most valuable lessons in my life that serves me still today.

*I didn’t have to be FIRST to WIN!*

You get to determine what winning means to YOU!
You get to determine what SUCCESS means to YOU!  When we compare ourselves to someone else, there is always someone smarter, wealthier, driving a better car, making more money, and thinner!  Why bother making the comparison?  You’re YOU—honor your gifts, and determine what winning means for YOU.



Elizabeth McCormick is a Co-Author of Succeeding in Spite of Everything. She is also an eWomenNetwork Certified Dream Coach.


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