I don’t subscribe to the current fad about following your passions. Without purpose, passion is likely to flash and burn out. However, finding someone who has a purpose that adds value and seeing him act to share that purpose and passion is quite a different story. It’s the kind of passion that adds authority to his leadership by demonstrating the authenticity of his followership.
In other words, it’s easier to follow someone when you can see evidence that they are following a cause, something or someone you already believe in. Carl Valeri of ExpertAviator.com and AviationCareerPodcasts.com is that kind of person.
Carl has done a million things in his short life–run businesses, flown for an airline, helped furloughed pilots, and now is sharing his passion for aviation by interviewing all kinds of aviation professionals on his @FlyingCareers podcast.
One of the first things he said to me was, “this is a family show, so please don’t swear during the recording of this podcast.” That takes courage. I’m sure he’s had people call him names or not finish the interview. I’m delighted that the content he is producing is something my thirteen year old son can listen to–I don’t like to recommend podcasts, books, etc., that I could not share with my son. So thanks, Carl, for the professional quality of what you are sharing and the family values you promote.
There’s another thing I like about this particular podcast — it showcases the success of others in a variety of other aviation fields. I like to hear what others have done to overcome obstacles and reach for their dreams. Success principles seem to apply widely, and there are many to glean in these podcasts.
Outliers – Who to Follow is a column that introduces you to Outliers, leaders of significance, people you should follow. Following them will not just add value–it will multiply value in your life and leadership. Follow the list @markjonesjr/multiplyleaders on twitter to get introduced to more leaders who are Outliers.
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