Why I Like to Fly by the Seat of My Pants

I was talking to my friend Kathy today about public speaking.

Kathy and her husband speak to a lot of groups about marriage and personal relationships. And she told me she works best with a set of notes that remind her what ground she wants to cover in her talk.

And a light bulb immediately went on right over my head, like in the cartoons.

You see, unlike Kathy, when I speak in public, I work best when I fly by the seat of my pants.

Give me a set of notes, and I mumble, fiddle with my index cards, lose my place, and crash and burn like Iron Man on his maiden flight.

But if I just let loose, I soar.

I’ve spoken to chambers of commerce, writers groups, retirement clubs, Rotary…

And if I do say so myself, I have an uncanny ability to size up my audience
(usually during the meal portion of the event), then let ‘er rip when I’m at the podium.

Sure, I know my subject, and I know what my Big Finish will be. But truthfully, before I start jabbering to my audience, I haven’t got the damnedest clue how I’m gonna get there.

It’s kinda remarkable that I ever get invited back. But I usually do.

So what’s my point here?

I’m certainly NOT suggesting that you follow my example if you’re ever invited to lecture at your local university.

But I AM suggesting that flying by the seat of your pants not only works a good percentage of the time, it works awfully well.

Here’s the deal…

What’s keeping you from making that jump off the treadmill and into your own business? What’s stopping you from writing an eBook? What’s standing in your way to moving ahead?

You’re not ready yet?

I’ll bet you are.

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta take the leap and fly by the seat of your pants for awhile.

As Julia Cameron has advised, “Leap, and the net will appear.”

Start soaring!

Tell all of us about your Big Leaps from the past. Or what Big Leaps you plan for the future. The comment section is open…

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Why I Like to Fly by the Seat of My Pants — 2 Comments

  1. hey wally, nice advice! i once walked off a secure income job to start carving…. made it so far, with a few “secure paying jobs in between…. right now im at a standstill, looking for a leap.
    as far as flying by the seat of my pants when talking or writing just ask your buddy rhino scott….im not gifted in that dept. even though get me going and and i cant seem to stop. you however have a great talent in communicating/ verbally, and i love it! thanks for all your insights!

  2. Thanks for the kind words, Leslie. You can “fly by the seat of your pants” in any venue. And when you’re STUCK, just knowing that you can start now and fix it later may be enough to get you unstuck.