19. Should You Quit Flight Training Or Recommit?
Today I thought I’d answer a question that I got via email:
I’m thinking about quitting flight training. How do I know if I just need to push through and break through my slump, or just quit. I have already spend so much time and more importantly money on the hours that I have flown already. I have over 60 hours and still don’t have my private certificate yet. Any input would be much appreciated...
Now there are so many factors that play a role in a decision like that. And even though I am absolutely the type of person that doesn’t like to go give up on something, sometimes there are absolutely good reasons for you to have hit the pause button or even quit.
If you're thinking about quitting
If you are thinking about quitting and you are just continuing because you don’t want to look like a looser or a failure, that’s not the right reason to continue. Sometimes your interests just change and you want to do something else, and that’s ok.
Staying in flight training because you feel like you’ve already spend so much time and money, is just not the way to go either in my opinion. Do you want to continue to invest more time and money and be miserable? I wouldn’t.
You can think about it this way: all those investments are actually not a waste. You invested in a great experience that you will carry with you forever.
Don't just quit because it gets hard
Look, we’ve all been there. Learning plateaus happen and flight training does get hard at times. And we all do it in our own pace. Having more than 60 hours and no private certificate yet is nothing to be ashamed about. It might just be a little hard to continue right now, and that’s understandable.
If it was easy everyone would do it
But we can do hard things, and let’s face it, if it were to be easy everybody would do it. So what I do when things get hard I evaluate what I’m doing and make a plan of action to push through it. At times that means I have to take a little bit of a brake in order to tackle it with renewed energy later. Sometimes it means that I have to change the approach, so that I can move through the problems in a different, potentially more effective way.
Ask for help
We all need some help once in a while. Don’t be stubborn like I was in the beginning, since I thought that I was just going to figure it all out by myself. It is way smarter to recognize when you need help and then actually go and find that help. Sometimes that means to watch some helpful YouTube videos or listen to podcasts, that might mean reaching out to a pilot mentor that your might have or your flight instructor.
I would really love to hear from you as well. Have you ever thought about quitting flight training? What made you decide to keep going, or not? And what helped you make that decision? Leave a comment now!
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