Elevating Each Other: When Women Truly Collaborate

We women entrepreneurs are known for having a “tribe mentality.” That means we actively seek out other like-minded females to share with and give and receive support, encouragement and resources to help us succeed. The ladies within our tribe offer us endless opportunities to collaborate.  We feel, and rightly so, that by working together, we can elevate each other to a better place both professionally and personally.

Recently I was in Amsterdam at the fabulous SHE Conference organized by a visionary leader: Veronica Sosa.  Then, we headed to Paris for the launch of Today’s Inspired Latina, my book series that highlights Latina authors who have overcome diversity to find success in their lives. I was accompanied by members of my own “tribe,” 15 authors who have contributed to the volumes of the book series.  This symbolic event marked the kick off of the Today’s Inspired Latina Europe edition, which will be published with our beautiful collaboration in 2019.
As I was waiting to take the stage, my hostess Veronica Sosa started my introduction and paid me a compliment which deeply touched me.  She called me a genuine woman who was there to elevate other women. It was a meaningful thing for me to hear because this is the gospel I preach; we women are here to encourage each other in an authentic way and it is indeed something I strive to do on a daily basis. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Women love to collaborate. But I also believe we can collaborate even better. That’s because we sometimes fail in our collaborations when we begin to think of each other as competition, rather than someone to serve.

When we truly collaborate, we create something bigger than us, something with exponential growth and magic. Only then are we truly two women working as one, with the success of the project at the forefront and no regard for our individual interests.

This is easier said than done! That’s because to cultivate this rich, fruitful ecosystem within our collaborations, we need to develop four important virtues that can make or break our work together:

1. Authenticity

Authenticity is a word with lots of meaning, but in the setting of collaboration it means selflessness, and having the best interest of the other person in mind as well as your own. A collaboration should not be all about elevating yourself; it should be good for the woman involved. Otherwise, you are simply taking advantage of her. You should be able to say to her, “I’m here to serve you as my partner and collaborator, to elevate you, put myself in your shoes and do what I can to have your best interest in mind.” To have such a selfless approach requires a true, genuine trust between parties. It also requires you to keep your true north in focus when your partner, or your project, strays from the ideal path. If your best interests are compromised within the collaboration, are you going to break from serving her or are you going to complete the mission? Or are you going to try to change things to benefit yourself? At that point, staying authentic to the collaboration comes from a place of giving. Like Mother Teresa says, even if you are not being treated fairly, do good anyway.

2.INTEGRITY

When you collaborate, your actions must match your words. When you say you are going to do something, you must do it. Otherwise, you do not have a collaboration—you are both pretending to collaborate. True collaborators who show integrity in their interactions will easily build and retain a lasting trust.

3. HUMILITY

To serve is to give without expecting anything in return and to serve, we must have humility. This is not always the first thing we think of when we decide to collaborate. We dream of our mutual success, visibly measured in dollars, attention, popularity, projects etc. But entering a collaboration with a servant attitude means a dedication first to elevating the other woman. When you do this, I guarantee you will create magic together!

4. GRATITUDE

The best collaborations occur between women who are infused with gratitude. Women infused with gratitude are grateful for the here and now. They do not say, “I’ll be grateful when…” Instead, they recognize the value of having another woman open up her heart in collaboration to accelerate their dreams. Every day they both show up with gratitude and with gratitude as their hammer, they build the foundation of a house where they both can thrive. As they build each room, they gratefully engage in the give and take and celebrate milestones along the way.

As you can see, true collaboration is a high concept that best succeeds from the basest level—serving each other with authenticity, integrity, humility and gratitude. Are you a true collaborator? It isn’t easy, but the effort is well worth it!

 

Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz is the CEO of JJR Marketing (www.jjrmarketing.com) and Fig Factor Media LLC international book publishing company (www.figfactormedia.com), founder of The Fig Factor Foundation (www.thefigfactor.org), creator of Today’s Inspired Latina book series and international movement (www.todayslatina.com), author of eleven books (www.jackiecamacho.com), international speaker, and pilot.  Jacqueline speaks to hundreds of audiences about marketing, servant leadership, finding your passion, and achieving success in business. She has addressed the United States Army, BP International, United Airlines, Allstate, and Farmers Insurance among other corporations to share her inspiration.

If you or an organization you know needs as speaker, please get in touch with us at http://www.jackiecamacho.com/contact.

Lessons From The Battlefield Of Disappointment

What impact has failure had on your life? Do you allow disappointment to push you closer to your dreams or further away from them?

I have been contemplating these questions lately as I reflect on my own experience with disappointment, and how it has become one of my greatest motivators for success.

During piloting school, I ran into a difficult setback while learning to master grass strip landings. On multiple occasions, my persistent efforts to successfully land fell short. I just couldn’t get the technique right. After some time, my only option was to take a break and try again later. I was extremely disappointed, but more than that, I felt like a failure. My inability to conquer this landing made me question if flying was really for me.

Later that day, my 8-year-old daughter shared wisdom with me that I had given to her before. “All you can do is your best,” she told me. “You can go and try again tomorrow. Don’t give up. I believe in you!”

As I reflected on the afternoon’s experience and my daughter’s encouragement, I remembered that failure can become one of my greatest keys to success when I allow it to transform my perspective. In this situation, my disappointment led me to face reality with new vision and I discovered a few valuable lessons along the way.

NEW EXPERIENCES REQUIRE NEW PERSPECTIVE

The rules that govern aviation are much different from the rules that govern automobiles. The same is true of our lives. In order to succeed in new situations, we have to re-align our focus on the needs of our present circumstances.

SUCCESS IS NOT A DESTINATION, IT’S A LIFESTYLE

Many years ago, while at the Leadership Management Institute, I learned that success is the “progressive realization of worthwhile predetermined goals.” This taught me that our moments of success (or failure) should be used as fuel to propel us into our destiny. When we fuse our creativity with practical execution, we are invited into a journey and not simply an ending point.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY

When life doesn’t pan out the way that we expected, we must keep showing up. How we face these unmet expectations is ultimately how we reach our goals. By showing up, day after day, we become people of persistence, and the compound effect of our daily focused activity allows us to achieve success.

KEEP GOING

The two greatest assets of any pilot are altitude and speed. On the other end, a pilot’s greatest enemies are low and slow. When a pilot is low to the ground and slow with the plane, they are not able to make quick decisions in critical moments. With altitude and speed, however, the pilot is able to gracefully maneuver the aircraft in nearly any circumstance. When we position ourselves to see things from an elevated point of view, we are more apt to go through our situations, problems, and circumstances with readiness. This allows us to keep pushing forward and come out stronger as a result.

NEVER GIVE UP

This just might be the biggest key of all! We will always face disappointments and failures in life, but we cannot allow these things to hinder us from achieving our goals. When we fuse our dreams with action MAGIC happens. This was certainly the case with my aviation training.

After taking a break, I allowed the information I had gained about plane landings to take deeper root in my mind and heart. Eventually, it became apart of me and the next time I went out to practice, I succeeded with flying colors. When I returned to the field I was stronger than ever and after a few more tests, I achieved my goal and received my pilot’s license.

Facing disappointment in life is like running on a battlefield. One moment we’re chasing the target before us in full confidence, ready to conquer its challenges with courage and resolve. Other times, we are tripped up, forced to face the reality that this field is not for the faint of heart. Though failure and disappointment are inescapable, they do not have to hinder our ability to succeed. When we renew our perspective and keep pushing forward, disappointment can become one of our greatest instructors for success.

 

Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz is the CEO of JJR Marketing (www.jjrmarketing.com) and Fig Factor Media LLC international book publishing company (www.figfactormedia.com), founder of The Fig Factor Foundation (www.thefigfactor.org), creator of Today’s Inspired Latina book series and international movement (www.todayslatina.com), author of eleven books (www.jackiecamacho.com), international speaker, and pilot.  Jacqueline speaks to hundreds of audiences about marketing, servant leadership, finding your passion, and achieving success in business. She has addressed the United States Army, BP International, United Airlines, Allstate, and Farmers Insurance among other corporations to share her inspiration.

If you or an organization you know needs as speaker, please get in touch with us at http://www.jackiecamacho.com/contact.

Lessons Learned from Globalization

When I started my business ten years ago, the word “globalization” wasn’t really something in my immediate or even long term goals! But it developed organically from my burning passion to reach and elevate as many people as I could with my messages of inspiration and encouragement.  So here I am!

In the past year, I’ve had the privilege of speaking to, impacting and working with people in more than 10 countries. I’ve addressed business visionaries in places like Sweden, Belgium, Amsterdam, Paris, authors in Mexico and business people in Central America. And I’ve found that when you are working internationally, you must change the way you work.

The first thing to do, however, is …

Embrace Globalization!

Whether you planned it or it developed organically, don’t be afraid to let your passion move you into unknown territory or different parts of the world.  You never know where it will lead!

When I first launched the anthology book series, Today’s Inspired Latina, featuring more than 20 authors in each volume, I never dreamed the project would develop into a global movement. It started with 25 local authors, most of them from the Chicago area. But then I watched as the second volume drew authors from other areas of the country, then from Mexico, South America, Puerto Rico and beyond.

This month, I was asked to speak to a group of Latina entrepreneurs in Amsterdam and one of the ladies became an author in Volume 4.  Soon, I had a number of European Latinas expressing interest in telling their stories within the pages of Today’s Inspired Latina.

Now, even as we work on Today’s Inspired Latina Vol. 5 with authors from Mexico and the Dominican Republic, we are planning an all-European version for Volume 6, as a result of one speaking engagement. I never predicted that the power of the message and mission behind the book would resonate so strongly with European Latinas and so quickly expand our movement’s global footprint!

As I write this, I am have presented the Today’s Inspired Latina book series at the prestigious New York Times in NY, Amsterdam and Paris. I have 15 authors from all the volumes joining me for the first European tour.  They will address our overseas book sisters with messages of inspiration and perseverance.

My takeaway is that when you have an authentic message and offer people something of value, globalization comes organically. Be open and receive!

Reset your Clock

Perhaps one of the most obvious differences between doing business domestically versus abroad is the time zone difference. Nowadays, I wake up at 5am to messages from my colleagues across the world who are just ending their workday. With China 14 hours ahead and Europe a good seven or eight, I am cognizant that the world does not keep my hours. I have to change my communication patterns to be available when it’s convenient for them.

Boost Your Tech Game

When you do not have the blessing of being able to sit across the table from someone, you must rely on technology. Since my globalization, I have sought out and been introduced to many great apps including:

  • Zoom. Great for video meetings.
  • Facebook Messenger. Quick, easy and affordable communication with people around the world through Facebook.
  • Whatsapp. A great app and favorite for people communicating internationally. I find it even better than email for sending images, voice memos, photos, texting, etc.
  • Belive A must have resource for live Facebook broadcasts to see viewer’s comments and more.

The hard part about relying on technology is that the technology must work…or else! Test your equipment before the meeting starts. Bad connections and reception will hamper your productivity and efficiency. Make the investment in time and money to secure the right tools and the right connection so all is well.

Get Social

Social media is a quick and easy yet powerful tool for globalization. Recently, I had the honor of appearing on the cover of Business Fit Magazine, a European publication for business professionals. I was truly humbled to receive an outpouring of love and social media likes and shares for my post.  Social media is perhaps the easiest, most effective way to expand your global reach…and feel the love all over the world!

Finally,

Don’t Forget… Authenticity is Universal

Remember, your authenticity transcends borders, language and culture. It really doesn’t matter who you are dealing with or what country they live in.  Qualities like honesty, transparency, following through on your promises and integrity are always in fashion, all over the world.

Some people have a clear vision for their globalization and expansion across the globe. My journey was different, but fruitful and rich with valuable lessons. I wish you all the best with your endeavors on this continent and across the globe!

 

Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz is the CEO of JJR Marketing (www.jjrmarketing.com) and Fig Factor Media LLC international book publishing company (www.figfactormedia.com), founder of The Fig Factor Foundation (www.thefigfactor.org), creator of Today’s Inspired Latina book series and international movement (www.todayslatina.com), author of eleven books (www.jackiecamacho.com), international speaker, and pilot.  Jacqueline speaks to hundreds of audiences about marketing, servant leadership, finding your passion, and achieving success in business. She has addressed the United States Army, BP International, United Airlines, Allstate, and Farmers Insurance among other corporations to share her inspiration.

If you or an organization you know needs as speaker, please get in touch with us at http://www.jackiecamacho.com/contact.

Taking Your Authentic Self Abroad

I was in Belgium and it was my first time in Europe. Here I was, making my way up the escalator to a room full of women waiting to hear my keynote address. It was amazing to think I was halfway across the world to address a group of high-powered professional women from not just a different country, but a different continent. Suddenly, I was filled with doubt. What if what I had to say wasn’t “enough?” In the U.S., I was known as an experienced speaker who has garnered an impressive number of awards for my communications work, but here…?  Surely I couldn’t be doubting myself now!

Then I took a deep breath and decided to just put my secret weapon to work…you know, the one that both you and I have at the ready in moments of doubt. Our authentic self.

Back in the U.S., people usually embrace me or write me off for my optimism, enthusiasm and ability to turn my dreams into reality. Those who embrace me become my friends and colleagues and together we share wonderful adventures and opportunities. Those who do not usually part ways with me.

Years ago, I was given the advice by someone that I should keep all my enthusiasm and passion tucked away so that I could be all things to all people. The whole idea seemed incredibly ingenuous. Why couldn’t I be myself and show my passion for what I did? Then, a trusted mentor of mine confirmed my feelings and told me not to change a thing. I was who I was and that made me unique. Letting my passion show let people know I cared and people needed to know that. If they didn’t like it, I probably wouldn’t do well working with them.

So there, for that international audience, I took those words to heart.  I was my vibrant, upbeat, driven, authentic self, set on motivating others in the audience like me to take a chance on their dreams and to never say die.

The international experience was incredible and because of it, I came to some unique conclusions.

Authenticity is Fashionable All Over the World.

In Belgium, on that day, I felt embraced. I wore my authentic self well and my audience approved. I’m convinced that you can never go wrong being your authentic self whether you’re in America, Europe or the North Pole.

Inspiration and Vulnerability Transcends Barriers.

The plain truth is that we are more alike than we are different. No matter where we are from we look for inspiration and we respond to the vulnerability of the exposed authentic self. It’s hard to be the one showing the vulnerability but if you do it, people will respond.

Visionaries Need a Protective Space.

As wonderful as it was to be among my new friends, it was just as wonderful to return to the cocoon of meditation and rest to recharge my energy for the next day. It’s here that I can commune with my authentic self so it’s ready to be unleashed at the next opportunity. It’s here I learn more about who I am and what I care about most.

Far and wide, know that your authentic self is a welcome guest at any party. I’ll be back “across the pond” for another upcoming speaking engagement in Amsterdam and in 2019, a book launch for the first European edition of Today’s Inspired Latina. I’m excited for the future and know wherever I go, as long as I pack my authentic self, I’ll have everything I need to get the job done.

 

Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz is the CEO of JJR Marketing (www.jjrmarketing.com) and Fig Factor Media LLC international book publishing company (www.figfactormedia.com), founder of The Fig Factor Foundation (www.thefigfactor.org), creator of Today’s Inspired Latina book series and international movement (www.todayslatina.com), author of eleven books (www.jackiecamacho.com), international speaker, and pilot.  Jacqueline speaks to hundreds of audiences about marketing, servant leadership, finding your passion, and achieving success in business. She has addressed the United States Army, BP International, United Airlines, Allstate, and Farmers Insurance among other corporations to share her inspiration.

If you or an organization you know needs as speaker, please get in touch with us at http://www.jackiecamacho.com/contact.

Never Stop Dreaming!

We just completed the official book launch of Today’s Inspired Latina, Volume 4, a dream turned reality from a little Latina who never stops dreaming!  As always it was a magical, surreal night, bringing the 27 authors together under one roof and watching them have their moment in the sun as they were introduced and took the stage to address their peers, fellow authors, family and friends. It’s always an amazing thing to see…but this year, the anticipation, joy and afterglow lasted so much longer.

This year, we had authors and friends in from all over the country (including New York, Texas and D.C.) and also from all over the world, including guests from Mexico and Belgium. For the authors who traveled far and wide, I had the delight of hosting them at my home for several days before and after the event. We enjoyed wonderful meals followed by impromptu dance parties, deep conversations and lively times together. We shared experiences, we laughed, and it was a wonderful time.

I had anticipated the joy, but I wanted to give those authors even more. I wanted to create a memory and make some magic for them. I also wanted to bring them into my world, and share the culmination of one of my dreams—to become a pilot.

Karen O’Donnell was one of the authors in Today’s Inspired Latina  who was in town for the book launch and she is also a co-founder of Crazy Ventures, a company that takes entrepreneurs who are  crazy good at business on amazing expeditions to get inspired, pursue their dreams and dare to venture towards a bigger, bolder, unexpected life. I thought maybe a flight in a sports plane, seeing the world from a different perspective and doing something (for some of the authors) for the first time might just qualify as a “crazy venture.” Karen was thrilled with the idea! We began planning the big surprise for the authors.

If you’ve ever seen a sport plane, you were probably impressed. Their gleaming white, doorless frames have a quiet beauty yet the power behind them takes you somewhere unimaginable! The day after the book launch, the aircraft were all there for us, waiting at the airport where I had learned to fly. I had rented out the entire fleet of airplanes secured pilots to fly the other three planes too.

As we drove up, I could feel the excitement building within me as the adventure of it all began to dawn on the authors. They were going on a crazy venture in a sport plane!

The aircraft beckoned us invitingly as we piled into them for a short flight to the airport in nearby Rochelle, Illinois. As we joined the sky and the earth below became smaller and smaller, those on this flight adventure would now take a little piece of my heart back home with them having enjoyed one of my favorite pleasures in life.

We arrived at the Flight Deck restaurant at the Rochelle airport, which is a true pilot’s destination for a good meal because it’s also attached to a skydiving center for great spectating!

The consensus? For some of the authors, this was something they had always wanted to do. For others, it was an amazing, unexpected adventure they would never forget. For others, it may have even planted a seed to become a pilot themselves, because often, dreams beget dreams. And to stay focused on those dreams, I recommend these five things which help me keep life magical.

  1. Intensify gratitude in the face of adversity.  This is as hard to do as it sounds! When we are down we are angry, sad, frustrated. But it’s at those moments that we have to take stock in what we HAVE. We are given SOMETHING. How can we take that something to the next level and move beyond the challenge?
  2. Keep a gratitude journal. If you know me, you know that gratitude is one of my major values and my gratitude journal is never far from me. By committing your thankfulness to paper, you will be able to call it to mind when you need it most.
  3. Be happy because of what you are, not what you have. There will always be something else to chase whether it is a material possession, an experience, a relationship, etc. That’s ok. But if you are not happy with who you are, you will always be unhappy. Be happy with yourself first and then whether or not you catch those things that always seem just out of reach, you will remain happy.
  4. Commit to your dreams. My dream was to become a pilot and it took time, energy and resources to make it happen. Most dreams require sacrifice or they would be an everyday occurrence. The trick is to never give up until you see the physical manifestation of your dream. Yes, it will take time and resources as you make progress, but the only way to make that dream come true is to commit to it.
  5. Capture divine downloads. “Divine downloads” is the nickname I give to inspirations so strong that I feel they were placed in front of me and I just had to emotionally download them to make it happen. Usually my “divine downloads” are intensively creative and bring vast opportunity and happiness to the lives of others. When you feel a special urge to do something good, whether it’s as small as start a conversation with someone to starting a non-profit, consider that you may be responding to a higher power and don’t turn your back on the opportunity to do something great!

That day at the airport, I shared my dream with my fellow authors. I hope I succeeded in adding value to their lives that day.  <link to How to Increase Your Value to Others/May2017> and giving them a magical memory to take home. I encourage you to do the same in your own way, sharing your own dreams with others.

So how can you add a little magic to your next special meeting?  Be creative, and let it start with your dreams. Dream for yourself, dream for others and do it like a 4-year-old because it’s the ones that we think can’t come true that will move us forward.  And it’s those same dreams that help us bring magic to other people’s lives too.

 

Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz is the CEO of JJR Marketing (www.jjrmarketing.com) and Fig Factor Media LLC (www.todayslatina.com), founder of The Fig Factor Foundation (www.thefigfactor.org), author of eleven books (www.jackiecamacho.com), international speaker, and pilot.  Jacqueline speaks to hundreds of audiences about marketing, servant leadership, finding your passion, and achieving success in business. She has addressed the United States Army, BP International, United Airlines, Allstate, and Farmers Insurance among other corporations to share her inspiration. If you or an organization you know needs as speaker, please get in touch with us at http://www.jackiecamacho.com/contact.

Nostalgia

Nostalgia. A memory trigger that can be a faint perception that makes you smirk, or an overwhelming sensation that shakes you to your core. Either way, it always sneaks up on you when you least expect it.

Having lived an exciting life, the dynamic nature of my activities often conjures up memories of moments, sounds or feelings from my past. The smell of flowers reminds me of experiences I have had with nature. A special apple salad my mom makes fills me with sweet and loving memories of spending Christmas with my family in Mexico. Though I have experienced it before, the hardest nostalgia has ever hit me was when I bit into my first Kanelbulle.

You see, I was travelling in Sweden. Whenever I have the pleasure to experience a new city I push myself to embrace the culture by eating the food, listening to the music and conversing with the locals. As I perused the mouth-watering deserts at a Swedish bakery, the Kanelbulle, or Swedish cinnamon roll, caught my eye. It seemed like any ordinary pastry. But as I bit into the sweet and flaky delicacy, I tasted the distinct flavor of cardamom. Then it hit me. Nostalgia, and not the delicate kind. The particular flavor in the dessert brought a staggering wave of emotion that instantly brought tears of gratitude and joy to my eyes.

Eleven years prior to my experience with the Kanelbulle in Sweden, I was in an Indian restaurant meeting with a client. While Indian food did not necessarily tickle my fancy, an array of spices intrigued me as I was leaving. After I was told this particular spice, called cardamom, was used as a palette cleanser, I popped one in my mouth in my efforts to grasp this aspect of Indian culture. By the time I arrived home I had been hit by a sickness so intense it had me on the floor moaning in misery. Assuming it was an allergic reaction, I went to the hospital. After much time had passed and questions remained unanswered, the doctors informed me that when I ingested the cardamom, it caused a cyst I had to swell up and block the bile duct between my gall bladder and liver. For those of you who do not know what that means, I will keep it simple: it was not good news. The sickness was called Extrahepatic Choledochal Cyst Type II, a disease so rare that only one out of every 150,000 people in this part of the world have it. Type II is only 2% of the cases found in this part of the hemisphere.

This information made me think about my newborn daughter, my soon-to-be-finished college education and the rest of my life I had yet to live. All of these things gave me purpose, or as my daughter says, made my heart “beep.”

So I kept on. I proceeded to raise my son to have the same optimistic outlook on life as I did. I continued my life as if I did not have a bag attached to my side draining bile from my digestive system while doing my finals in college. And I looked to my future as if there was no end in sight.

After much worrying I received more news. Good news. The positive outlook on life I have maintained throughout my years, and during this terrifyingly uncertain time is what saved my life. Those are not my words; they are the doctor’s.

“Your positive attitude saved you.”

Those words will forever resonate in my head.

Had I not eaten the cardamom in the Indian restaurant, the cyst might have been left untreated and eventually kill me. Had I not immersed myself into other cultures, I would not have experienced a nostalgia so intense. Had I not been blessed with the trait of curiosity and positivity when facing unfamiliarity, I am not sure I would be writing this today.

Nostalgia. A taste of personal history. A guide that teaches you traits about yourself that you never knew. A light that shines on special moments, hidden parts of yourself and life’s treasures.

 

Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz is the CEO of JJR Marketing (www.jjrmarketing.com) and Fig Factor Media LLC (www.todayslatina.com), founder of The Fig Factor Foundation (www.thefigfactor.org), author of 11 books (www.jackiecamacho.com), international speaker, and pilot. Jacqueline speaks to hundreds of audiences about marketing, servant leadership, finding your passion, and achieving success in business. She has addressed the United States Army, BP International, Edward Jones, United Airlines, Allstate, and Farmers Insurance among other corporations to share her inspiration.

If you or an organization you know needs as speaker, please get in touch with us at http://www.jackiecamacho.com/contact.

4 Things Being A “Pilotina” Has Taught Me About Life

The sky seems limitless while you’re standing with both feet on solid ground, but the minute you start venturing into that uncharted space it becomes a space that needs strategizing to conquer. It has been 2 years since I did my first solo flight, and during that time the sky has both become more magical and less of a mystery. I’ve learned just how much prep goes into a successful journey and how being able to enjoy the process comes down to having all the right tools for the voyage.

Flight prep is based on lists. Each list is geared towards ensuring that everything from your safety to your level of enjoyment are not tarnished. The venn diagram where the controlled factors and the uncontrolled factors meet is where some of my most relevant lessons have been learned. Once back on the ground after a successful flight, I’ve still made it a point to walk with those lessons on my heart and on my mind as I interact with my employees, clients, or even my family.

These are four key lessons that being a pilot has taught me and how I apply them to my life and career.

Prioritize Planning

Planning can seem tedious, especially when you’ve flown many times. The same can be said about the notion of having to prep for a job that you have done repeatedly. The process can seem insulting, that is until you realize how chaotic the process becomes without the lists. As a pilot, I’m required to check my way through lists pre-flight. I have to ensure that everything from the wind speeds to the fuel tank meet the needed requirements before I ever sit in the cockpit.

The motions of going through my pre-flight checklist have helped me land on two important questions that I’ve now weaved into my day to day life:

  • Where are the winds coming from?
  • How far do I need to go?

Being aware of what you’re up against, whether at work or in your family life, helps ensure that your reaction is inline with the push of factors. Ultimately, knowing where the winds are coming from means that you can act accordingly and push through for a successful outcome.

There’s nothing worse than running out of gas, or momentum, halfway through your journey. Running out of fuel half way through a flight is not an acceptable scenario — it risks life all because stubbornness led to resistance when it came to prepping accordingly. The same lesson can be applied to your own work-life balance — are you fueling your work with a half empty tank because somewhere along the way you’ve forgotten to pour into yourself?  

Be Patient

After your very first flight you learn that no matter how well you plan you are still at the mercy of the weather. By the same hand, you also learn that tapping into patience so that you can listen to your inner voice is the key to maneuvering out of the most unpredictable of situations. While I learned this in a structured environment when taking pilot lessons, it’s also a lesson that I have had to learn and use while on my feet as I built JJR Marketing with my husband.

The only constant in entrepreneurship is that it ebbs and flows with regularity. Your ability to sit in the quiet and be patient as you think through multiple viable best case scenarios is ultimately what will you close the best deals of your career.

Be Objective

Regardless of your career path the ability to have perspective and a grounded level of awareness is key if your goal is longevity. Any time that I need some time to breathe, I choose to take a flying break. During these breaks I’m able to tap back into my own inner voice as I see the world grow smaller and smaller from the air. Suddenly the big work problem I had been stressing about or the family hiccup that I couldn’t move past, became both clear and manageable to me.

Taking a step back from our own environments can help add perspective to the way we’re seeing our problems and allow us to come back with game-winning solutions. 

Trust Your Gut

Whether it’s the noise of the wind or the noise of the voices in your boardroom, flying has taught me that the most important anchor is your own inner voice. You want to be able to trust your gut during turbulent times because sometimes it’s the only compass at hand. I’ve had moments where landing wasn’t a possibility and having to navigate around winds and turbulence was my only option. Learning how to pilot myself through those moments has made all of the difference when I’m asked to make quick, on-my-feet decisions at work.

My advice to you is that regardless of your area of expertise or passion, that you take time to invest in skill sets that will be transferable across all of your life’s pursuits. The short term investment may seem labor, or time, intensive, but in the long run it may be the factor you refer back to as the reason you succeed. Lists can get you far, actually embracing the process behind them will get you where you want to go.

 

Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz is the CEO of JJR Marketing (www.jjrmarketing.com) and Fig Factor Media LLC (www.todayslatina.com), founder of The Fig Factor Foundation (www.thefigfactor.org), author of eight books (www.jackiecamacho.com), international speaker, and pilot. Jacqueline speaks to hundreds of audiences about marketing, servant leadership, finding your passion, and achieving success in business. She has addressed the United States Army, BP International, Edward Jones, United Airlines, Allstate, and Farmers Insurance among other corporations to share her inspiration.

If you or an organization you know needs as speaker, please get in touch with us at http://www.jackiecamacho.com/contact.