My guest on this week’s podcast is former airline pilot, speaker, entrepreneur and author of Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, Captain Chesley “Sulley” Sullenberger. You probably know Sully best from the “Miracle in the Hudson,” where he completed the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson river in New York City on January 15, 2009.
When his PR agency pitched me on the idea of having Sullenberger on the show I must admit that I was intrigued by the opportunity to hear the story of the flight and landing on the Hudson, but what really drew me to the interview was the opportunity to talk about how a life altering moment became such a total career-altering moment.
It’s worth a listen just to hear Sullenberger relate the now very practiced account of the happenings that cold January morning, but it’s equally as interesting to note that he had apparently become a bit disenchanted with what was going on all around him in his chosen industry.
When an opportunity to change everything presented itself he grabbed it and became it. Sullenberger certainly was handed the chance to remake his career in stunning fashion (Hello, Good Morning America is on the line) but he also went to work on remaking himself in order to excel at his new career.
He knew he had to become a better writer, speaker and storyteller and worked diligently on honing these new skills.
Questions I ask Sully:
- How has your life changed since the event?
- What qualities of leadership are important in starting a new business?
- How do you go about acquiring new skills needed for a new career?
What you’ll learn if you give a listen:
- What it was like to be in the cockpit during the “Miracle of the Hudson”
- How a foundation or system can help you handle difficult situations
- How to think about risk when starting a business
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