January 2011 Issue

“Self-Induced Pressure”

Personal airplanes are great ways to travel, but we need to think ahead and have a solid-gold Plan B.

Whenever we use a personal airplane for travel, we impose on ourselves pressure to complete the flight. The same is true of driving a car, weeding a garden or writing a magazine article: There is at least one thing we want to accomplish by engaging in an activity. The pressure may be subtle, and most of the time it doesn’t affect the flight’s outcome, but it’s there. But pressure often is not the least bit subtle. On one extreme, maybe we’ve simply told someone we’re going to fly over someone’s house at such and such a time. If we’re late, or don’t make the flight at all, we might be accused of wimping out, or perhaps of not being a good enough pilot to find the house.

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