If you are an aspiring pilot (or an aspiring anything else), watch this video. It has become a central theme for how I want to live my life, I’m sure many of you will feel the same way:

There will always be reasons not to do something in life. As I wrote about in my post here: Don’t Let Others Dissuade You, there are plenty of people who will get you down in life. At the same time, make an effort to surround yourself with people who will do the exact opposite.

“When we finally got down to something, which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him, you do that and forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.

And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it into something great; you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much. Somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you will find others that will be too. But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track…

What do you desire?”

There are so things I could go out and do. I could become a doctor, businessman, lawyer, etc (all noble professions) Many of the people I know at my school do just that. For me, that is not what I desire out of life. I want to spend my life exploring, moving, meeting new people, seeing new things everyday, and, most of all, flying!

^ I know what I desire. What about you?

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7 Responses

  1. capnaux

    Good video, Swayne, what a find!

    I’m always trying to tell people…enjoy the journey!

    So cool that you are getting it, relishing it, savoring every moment!

    Looking forward to your post-solo post! 😉

    • Swayne Martin

      Thanks! A family member shared this with me right as I was getting into flight training. I really enjoy watching it!

      I am trying to relish every moment of it. Read tonight on navigation (pretty challenging stuff coming into it with no prior knowledge) Oh well, I’ll pick it up 🙂

      I’ll makes sure to post a lot about it. Also, I’ll be writing another post this Sunday about my flight lesson in the P92 Eaglet.

      Swayne Martin, http://martinsaviation.blogspot.com/

  2. Karlene Petitt

    Swayne, I love this video! Could you imagine if we all lived by this philosophy? I know there is nothing I can’t do. So… I’m just doing. Keep that attitude! You’re going to fly far!

    • Swayne Martin

      Thanks! It would be interesting to see how we would be if we lived by that philosophy.

      Sadly money does matter (at a basic level), other than that, the message in the video is GREAT.

      Many Thanks,

  3. Anonymous

    This video is very powerful…to see someone at your age and stage in life “get it” says worlds about you. I look forward to watching you soar! LYWAMH


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