â€œNothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.â€ â€• Calvin Coolidge
Check valve. Actuator. Fluid dynamics. Applied physics. Principles of flight. Pascal’s principle. How does it work? Why does it not function. Trace the if/then on a chart or schematic – focus.
Learning how to learn. Upon arriving at tech school after a record-breaking blizzard, the prospect of absorbing complex information necessary to help make aircraft fly was daunting. One glimpse at schematics and diagrams contained in a textbook, and doubt replaced excitement. However, a fellow student about to graduate then closed the book she was holding to say “If I can learn this, anyone can.”
Guess what? She was right. (Thanks, Andrea aka Andy.) In aviation, lives depend on applied knowledge and integrity of each person’s work. Desire paired up with focus, taking one step at a time can unlock knowledge in any sector.
Since flightline aviation days – dedication and concentration plus a passionate love of learning has led to the languages of business, writing, news, design, layout, publishing, coding, technology – and yes, knitting (to master complex cables and herringbone patterns, engineering in another format). When stymied, repeat as needed: I will not be denied. Press on.
â€œA map in the hands of a pilot is a testimony of a man’s faith in other men; it is a symbol of confidence and trust.â€ â€• Beryl Markham
Note: Schematic on front page excerpt is from that long-ago technical order workbook.