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Disaster in the Air

By Diego Nascimento

Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport, United States. After two hours of waiting, a group of passengers boarded a connecting flight to the interior of the country. It all had seemed quiet if it were not for an almost catastrophic event: about 45 minutes after takeoff, one of the turbines began to have technical problems, and the aircraft quickly lost altitude. The overall communication of the on-board team, no matter how quiet it appeared, was inefficient. Through the window the ground grew closer and closer until the captain’s voice appeared on the loudspeakers to warn the plane would return to the point of origin. In fact, the aircraft was in no position to travel, and every minute of returning to the airport seemed like an eternity to whoever was inside that cylindrical flying object.

The above account did not start from any documentary of aerial disaster or any film. Besides the event was real, you know well one of the passengers who witnessed the fact properly accommodated in the aisle:  me. Luckily everything went well, and we changed planes to continue the course. They were moments of reflection on family, past, present and future. As soon as we arrived at the destination, I thought about the responsibility that the pilots had before their eyes. That was the moment to stay focused on the solution and, knowing the demanding flight procedures, I know that laying blame would not help the life of anyone on board. And what about us? Would we be concerned about the color of the eyes of those who reviewed the turbines, perhaps sending a WhatsApp to the maintenance chief, or would we set our minds on working to save lives?

The keyword is Solution. This important noun runs between the fingers of many professionals around the world. I am sorry to say, but we will deal with problems throughout our journey here, but being proactive about solving things is a matter of choice. And with each passing day I realize that only a small select group of people would prefer to untie the knots instead of lamenting that “life is just like that.” No, it is not. Imagine if, during the journey, the pilots followed this line of thinking. Certainly the breakdowns in the turbine could intensify and, in the worst case, several wrecks would be printed on magazine covers and newspapers.

A phrase attributed to the scientist Benjamin Franklin says that “To live is to face one problem after another. The way you look at it is what makes the difference.”  I know people who love to “suffer” even if the solution is at his/her side.  Through apathy and accommodation, they choose to “cry” day after day. At home or at work, behavior repeats itself, and I have a responsibility to leave a warning: the market is closing to people like this.  Focusing on the problem breeds discord; focusing on the solution brings development. It is clear that causes need to be investigated, diagnosed and treated, but in most cases time will be your enemy and “thinking fast” will be more than necessary. This feature is also part of the personal marketing armor, a theme often addressed in my articles.

After this almost fateful event, I made countless flights through the vast blue skies. I faced turbulence (it’s okay, they did not bring down the plane), delays in departure and bad weather. I am still alive and watching the problems that surround me.  Are these reasons to give up? Never.  In fact, each of them is fuel for my “solution machine.” It’s all a matter of optics and attitude.

Think about it.


So, what do you think ?