In every line of work, there are the majority. These are the average. They learn and work in the profession, but do not add to the craft. They do not elevate the profession nor improve the state of the art.
In the early days of jet aircraft, most fighter pilots learned based on trial and error. Those that did not learn quickly crashed in the Nevada desert. At Nellis Air Force Base, in the 1950s, 70 pilots a year died in training.
One pilot rose above the rest. As a first lieutenant, the second-lowest officer rank in the military, John Boyd was determined to change this trial and error method. He worked ceaselessly, and some would say recklessly, to transform a training culture from one which taught flying as only an art into one of science, with transferable skills and core principles.
So today, are you working in your profession…or on your profession? Will your profession, and the people affected by it, be better for your work?