What Do Piloting a Plane and Running a Business Have in Common?

What Do Piloting a Plane and Running a Business Have in Common?

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The concept of flight has always fascinated me. Growing up, I was mesmerized by the way in which planes defy odds — soaring into the sky and traversing hundreds of miles despite the elements. One of man’s most resilient inventions, in my opinion at least.  

As a kid, I didn’t have the opportunity to fly all too often. Fast forward many years and several certifications later, and I earned my private pilot license. Truthfully, it is one of my favorite pastimes. It allows me to disconnect from the mundane and coast calmly into the air— at times, it’s even meditative. There are few things like it. 

Though it has its paradisical appeal, piloting is a weighty endeavor and one that I take seriously. Becoming a proficient pilot has reinforced some key business lessons for me as the CEO of Asset Living, one of the largest apartment managers in the United States. While they may seem different, here are three things aviation can teach us about leading as an entrepreneur.  

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