Everyone Needs a Wingman
…a friend, mentors, community, team, because we all need coaching and accountability
“Maverick, it’s not your flying, it’s your attitude. The enemy’s dangerous. Right now you’re worse than the enemy. You’re dangerous and foolish. You may not like the guys flying with you, they may not like you. But whose side are you on?”
—“Iceman” in Top Gun (1986)
maverick / ‘mav-rik / n
an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
Moses had Aaron, Exodus 4:27. Paul had Barnabas, Acts 13:2-3. Peter had John, Acts 3:1
TRYING TO DO IT ALONE IS LIKE:
walking when there’s a seat for you on the bus
crossing a river to get water
making 3 right turns instead of 1 left
pushing water … uphill … with a rake!
Everyone needs to be a wingman!
Paul had Barnabas as wingman. Then Barnabas went on his own to Cyprus, taking Mark with him. Acts 15:39-40
wingman / ‘wing-man / n
a pilot who supports another in a potentially dangerous flying environment
Failures are growth opportunities
Never underestimate the power of persistence!
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. — Calvin Coolidge
When properly handled, our failures and mistakes make us stronger!