The Paper Airplane Principle – Personal Application
You are probably wondering what Harrison Ford has to do with the Paper Airplane Principle. We will get to that, but you may want to read about the Paper Airplane Principle if you have not yet before you learn how to apply this principle.
Personal Application: You need to understand your environmental conditions, you (the plane) and your power just as it is important to recognize your strengths and weaknesses.
- Environmental Conditions: These are the experiences and the level of exposure you have had in pursuing a specific purpose or goal. Example: If you want to be an actress, you have to act. Have you acted in a local theatre to gain the experience necessary to perfect your craft? Have you studied other actors? Have you taken a class or course on acting? Watching 2000 movies doesn’t mean you are ready to be the next big actress in Hollywood. Use your past experiences to enhance your goal or purpose.
- You – The Plane: You have been shaped over the course of time. Understanding who you are and your capabilities will make your life easier. If you don’t know them, ask 5 close people to tell you. If all the replies are the same, you have a pretty good idea the data is correct. This is a great starting point. There may be things you want to be but are not physically capable of doing. Example: I want to be a ballet dancer. Not really, but it will make my point. I am 6’2” and about 240lbs. I have weak ankles and flat feet. No matter how much I try and effort I give, my body type is not suited to be a ballet dancer.
- Your Power: If the environmental conditions are good and you are the right fit, how bad do you want to be successful? This is the effort piece of the principle. What are you willing to do to make your dreams and goals come to life? Are you willing to fail repeatedly in order to succeed? Will you put in the right amount of effort?
Most success happens after you have paid the price and are ready to appreciate the opportunity or break. Here is an excerpt from a blog of one of seven people that found success after they paid the price. For the rest of the stories visit www. getbusylivingblog.com.
Harrison Ford – The actor we know as Han Solo and Indiana Jones used to be another struggling actor. He had small roles but not enough to take care of his wife and two kids. So he became a self-taught carpenter in his 30′s. It was because he was tired of acting in bad TV shows. He never gave up his dream of being an actor but being a carpenter provided income so he wouldn’t have to take crappy roles. At 29, he got a supporting role in George Lucas’ American Graffiti. How did he get the part? He was hired to build cabinets in George’s house. That didn’t turn him into a bona fide movie star. That would happen six years later. At the age of 35, he starred as Hans Solo in Star Wars, created by the same George Lucas. He had his big break at that at an age when many of us think it’s too late to do anything with our lives.
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