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Today I came across an interview with U.S. Airways Flight 1549 pilot Chesley B. Sullenberge, who had to do an emergency landing in the Hudson River
back around 2009.
I remember thinking how crazy and terrifying that must of been for the staff and passengers aboard that flight.
I’m sure a lot of people thought they were about to die and this was the last minutes of their lives, frozen with fear, relying on the pilot to try and land them safely.
Can you imagine what was going through pilot Sullenberge’s head?!! I posted a video above of the conversation he was having with air traffic control and he seemed so calm, BUT I bet he was freaking out!!
The one thing that struck me was just that. This dude had all those passengers and staff members lives in his hands. He needed to make some quick decisions on what to do. I bet he had so much adrenaline pumping through his veins, and his heart was going a million miles an hour.
He manned up and made a decision that saved a lot of lives that day. That decision saved a lot of heart ache within the families that would have potentially lost a loved one(s) that day.
Because of him they were able to walk away and kiss their loved ones again.
What hit me the hardest and was the reason for me writing this post is what he said about that moment in the interview.
I’ll be paraphrasing this but it went something like this.
“For 40 years I was making deposits in my training, and in 2009 on that cold day, I had to make a withdraw.”
WOW!!! If that doesn’t just punch you in the gut in a positive way than you need to check your pulse.
Think about that. He has been flying for 40 years! Constantly improving. Working on his craft. Going through training year after year.
Then when he wasn’t expecting it, one of the most important moments of his life happened and he had to draw on his training.
When you’re in a moment like that, where something big is on the line, in this instance lives, he needed to rely on his training.
Have you ever heard of the 10,000 hours saying? You need to put 10,000 hours into whatever you are doing in order to become great at it.
That can be for anything. Sports, music, comedy, teaching, whatever drives you.
When you’re in stressful situations and it’s time to act, you better hope whatever it is you are doing that you have some kind of “auto pilot” that will kick in, and you will be relying on instincts and all those hours of training you have put in to prepare for situations like this. If not, you may be in big trouble.
This applies so much to learning the art of recording and mixing. In today’s society it’s all about instant gratification. Get rich quick schemes.
What a lot of people don’t understand is the hours, and years of work, struggling, blood, sweat and tears it takes for truly successful people in this world to be successful and maintain it
at the highest level in whatever profession the are in.
I’m a musician as well as an engineer and I still write songs and perform on stages with my band. I’ve been doing this for years. I will always do this. I know in the back of my head that if I
keep on trying, keep on working on my craft, that one day something has to happen. I’m sure a lot of you feel that way about your circumstance.
The key is to always be making deposits into your craft. Always be recording, mixing, performing, practicing in order to better yourself if you REALLY want to be successful at this.
Even if its something small every day. Work on your songwriting. We all know a good recording and mix starts with a good song first.
Mic up that acoustic guitar and mess around with mic placements.
Pull up a new mix and try to beat your last one.
Because one day, you may be called on in a big way. You may have to make a decision where time, money, and possibly a career is on the line for you.
I want you to shine in that moment. It’s ok to be scared. There is no courage without fear, but I want you to succeed.
I want you to be able to be faced with challenges, and because of your training you can meet them head on and prevail.
So make a promise to yourself that you will make regular deposits.
No one is going to do it for you.
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I want you to invest in yourself and make regular deposits. This course will save you precious time and money, all while making sure your are making the right kind of deposits in your mix training.
Invest in Mixing With Confidence. Invest in yourself.
You’re worth it.
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