Often the little things in life trip us up, creating “the reason most major goals are not achieved because we spend to much time doing second things first.” – Robert J. McKain
Here’s a tragic example of what I mean.
An Eastern Airlines jumbo jet that crashed in the Everglades of Florida. The plane was the now-famous Flight 401, bound from New York to Miami with a heavy load of holiday passengers.
As the plane approached the Miami airport for its landing, the light that indicates proper deployment of the landing gear failed. The plane flew in a large looping circle over the swamps of the Everglades while the cockpit crew checked to see if the gear actually had not deployed, or if instead the bulb in the signal light was defective.
When the flight engineer tried to remove the light bulb, it wouldn’t budge, and the other members of the crew tried to help him. As they struggled with the bulb, no one noticed the aircraft was losing altitude, and the plane simply flew right into the swamp. Dozens of people were killed in the crash.
While an experienced crew of high-priced pilots fiddled with a seventy-five-cent light bulb, the plane with its passengers flew right into the ground.
What’s my point? When little problems demand to much of your time…big problems seem to find their way to the top.
‘Til the next episode, peace!