In the world of the fighter pilot, being a wingman means you’re trusted to go to battle…it means you’re mission ready. It’s a position of honor that incurs tremendous responsibility and sacrifice, but it also comes with incredible rewards. You have to earn the right to be a wingman, and it’s a bi-product of sacrifice and many hours of hard work.
Being a wingman in business and life also has to be earned. It means you are someone others can count on to get the job done. It means you’re prepared, responsible, compassionate, and disciplined. When you’re a wingman, you are someone others can come to and ask for help. This also incurs great responsibility and is a position that should not be taken lightly. Nonetheless, it too has tremendous rewards.
As you begin to “Push it up” this year, take some time and ask yourself:
Reach out to these wingmen and let them know how much you appreciate them, and re-affirm your commitment to them in your personal and professional life.
Finally, challenge yourself this year to become a better wingman as a salesperson, manager, partner, or friend. Make a greater effort not only to sharpen your skills, but to reach out to those in need, to be a better listener, and to be there for others when they need you. For the best way to find a wingman…is to be one yourself!
I wish you a healthy and successful 2006 and may all your dreams come true.
PUSH IT UP!®