A tenacious introvert discovers she can fly. After years of focus, she reaches the captain's seat of a commercial airliner only to lose it all after being arrested for a crime her husband committed. When her book club shows up in court on Valentine's Day, they show the world that what she gained is much more than what she lost...
This story is about traveling through the new social, gender and cultural challenges woman are facing. You'll also get to see the view from the cockpit and why humor and a good attitude will keep you from coming unhinged after spending thousands of hours locked in a small cabin with men...Erika@achickinthecockpit.com
“In the rarified atmosphere of flying, Armstrong’s memoir of life as a female pilot gives us a fascinating glimpse into a world where men still rule. But it’s her write-from-the-gut style of story-telling and the unexpected turbulence she meets, not just in her career but in her personal life, that will captivate you. A Chick in the Cockpit is at turns riveting, informative, and break-your-heart funny.”
~ Lee Woodruff – NY Times bestselling author of In an Instant; Perfectly Imperfect-A Life in Progress; Those We Love Most; contributing reporter for CBS This Morning.
Aviation is a great analogy for life.
Before a pilot can fly, one of the most important tasks is to make sure their aircraft is balanced and that the weight their aircraft is going to carry is within limits of its capabilities.
Don’t tell anyone, but most airplanes can take off overweight, but when the weight is not balanced, then airplanes crash. For people, there will be many times in our lives when we have to carry more of life’s weight than what we’re originally designed for.
Careers, money, marriage, children, divorce, death, aging…all the life events we could possibly experience will inevitably happen to all of us, but if there is a weight at the other end of the fulcrum, then we know there will be a shift to help put us back in balance.
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Stop leaning in! Just stand up straight. It’s time for women to point out that we are fabulously different from men rather than mimicking how men behave. We can do what men do, but maybe we shouldn’t be doing it the man’s way. Women have earned the right to be in the captain’s seat, no matter what industry it is. Women have proven that they can lead with positive results; the dilemma is that we’ve been trying to lead like men. We're now chameleons changing color to suit the environment which has allowed us to survive, but now it’s time to take the next step and lead like women. We need to run our businesses with compassion and thoughtfulness to the world around us. We will not take and conquer; we will earn and prosper while keeping a peaceful conscience. Find out more...