Phil Dillingham Shows How Listening and Discipline Have Made Him a Successful Airline Pilot and Entrepreneur – BtG 010
What You Will Learn
- Grew up in a family that valued education
- Learned to ask for help to make it through hard times in college
- Make academics plan A and athletics plan B
- Be courageous enough to ask for help
- Help learning how to study from his wife helped him be successful in pilot training
- The importance of listening and discipline
- Newer planes can fly and fix themselves
- Flying for the airlines is a much slower pace than the military
- Gave education on how to become a commercial pilot to build a strong network
- Selected as part of a small team to train all 13,000 pilots at United
- Phil started his business on his flying days off
- His first business was running an automotive accessories supplier
- Now running a Shark Tank style investment group taking ideas and turning them into working businesses
- Overcome fear of perception of being a nerd to become a voracious reader and better student
- Listening and discipline should improve perspective
- Present yourself presuming that you’re there to take advantage of opportunity
- To improve diversity, expose people of color to opportunities, but don’t force i
- He changed his perception and didn’t get caught up with those who may have beeen discriminating against him
- Understand the generation gap that exists for those who have had a background where a Black President has been the reality for most of their lives
Phil Dillingham has had a long successful career as an aviator for the military and as a pilot for United Airlines (formerly Continental).
He grew up in a loving family where his mother was an educator and his father was a military veteran. Because of his success in athletics, he was recruited to and attended the United States Air Force Academy. After making through the Academy, he became a pilot in the Air Force flying “heavies” including the C-130 and the C-17.
With a wife who was successful in her career, he decided to finish his time in the military in the reserves and has done so with distinction at Travis Air Force Base while also flying as a pilot for United Airlines.
As a long haul pilot, he works 3 days on and 5 to 7 days off. During those days off, he runs a business commercializing new and interesting technology with a Shark Tank style approach to evaluating, building, investing in and selling businesses. He also is a motivational speaker talking to young people and groups of all ages around the country.
It’s a great opportunity to see how his push for you to listen and have discipline can lead to you being a success in whatever you do as long as you also ask for help when you need it.
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