Roger Cruickshank is a front-line RAF Typhoon pilot. The Queen’s version of Top Gun‘s ‘best of the best, tip of the spear’. He has intercepted 22 different Russian aircraft, including the Tu-95 Bear, Tu-160 Blackjack, Il-78 Midas, Su-34 Fullback, Mig-31 Foxhound and An-26 Curl. Before this posting he was a RAF flight instructor and Olympic skier. So when he talks about making mistakes and perfect flights, we might all learn something. Turns out, he’s not perfect. But he knows it. And he knows how to keep getting closer. This quote is from the (excellent) aerospace podcast Xtended, episode 65: I’m not anywhere where I … Continue reading Roger Cruickshank on the perfect flight
Legendary climber Jimmy Chin lives the perpetual pursuit so well that, “I think I’d be really sad if I ever found out what my potential was.” He has climbed (then skied down) Everest, and recorded his historic assent of Meru in the amazing 2015 film Meru. It’s a close and personal look at what risk-management and perseverance look like when lives are on the line in the Himalayas.
Kai Lenny calls Pea’hi, Hawaii, his ‘other mother’ in this month’s Outside magazine. The best are always learning. It’s the perpetual pursuit.
Outraged woman asks Pablo Picasso why simple bar sketch will cost 5000 Francs, since he drew it in only five minutes: “No, madam, it took me my whole life.” Maybe your old airline captain isn’t overpaid for that landing?
“Follow your passion” is OK advice up to a point. But beyond that, what we really get good at, is what we will suffer for. It’s not all happy days and chocolate ice cream. Mark Manson explains in his book The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck