Engineering a Miracle

We’ve all heard the story of the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson”. A routine flight from NYC to Charlotte loses both engines after striking a flock of geese shortly after takeoff.

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the heroic pilot memorialized in the 2016 film, glided the plane to an emergency landing on the Hudson River.

In controlled flight simulators conducted after the crash, none of the test pilots could successfully land the plane, even on the river.

Calm under pressure, humble and incredibly lucky, Captain Sully was an instant celebrity. He was interviewed by news anchor Katie Couric shortly after the incident.

“In 2009, I never had an engine failure in 42 years in any flight I’d ever flown,” said Sullenberger. “But I was ready.”

How? If you’ve never had an engine failure in all those years of flying, how could you possibly be ready for such a routine flight to go so horribly wrong? How do you pull off a miracle? Sullenberger continues,

For 42 years, I’ve been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education and training.  And on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.

– Captain Sullenberger

We’ll that’s it. Right there. Non-spiritual “miracles” occasionally just happen. Someone just gets lucky. Everything goes their way. But more often than not, they are engineered.

So how do you engineer a miracle? Sully said it. Make small deposits in the bank of experience, education, and training for 42 years.

When you get to the point that you need to make a large withdrawal, it’s way too late to start making deposits.

Start engineering now.


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Source: NSC 2012: Captain Sully Sullenberger Talks About the Miracle on the Hudson River

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