I’ll admit it – I’m addicted to learning. There used to be a time when I would get home from work and watch sitcoms on TV. My radio would be playing music whenever I was in my car. These days, if I’m watching TV it’s usually cable channels like the History Channel or Discovery. I also like to watch Jeopardy when I have the chance. If I’m driving somewhere, I usually have my car radio tuned to NPR or some other news talk station. I was listening to NPR recently and listened to an interview with Scott Carney. Carney was talking about his book “What Doesn’t Kill Us.” In the book, Carney investigates how the body uses its environment to build resistance to extreme conditions.

The idea for the book started in EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

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2012. Carney had heard about a man by the name of Wim Hof, otherwise known as “The Iceman.” Hof is known for immersing himself in ice water for extended periods of time. He often submerges his body in ice water for over an hour without a drop in his core body temperature. He has also climbed Mt. Everest around 2/3 of the way in just a pair of shorts! Hof also claims his technique allows him to control his immune system. Carney fl ew to Poland in 2012 to meet Hof and interview him. Carney was skeptical about Hof’s claims and initially thought he would be able to discredit him. On the contrary, Carney was immersed in Hof’s training program once he arrived. Within 10 days he was standing in the snow for over an hour in just a pair of shorts (when he stood in the snow on the day of his arrival, he was in extreme pain after fi ve minutes and had to call it quits). I’m not a disciple of Hof. I haven’t read

Carney’s book “What Doesn’t Kill Us” (yet), nor am I making plans on standing in the snow for an hour this next winter. If you are interested in learning more about the subject, you can search for “What Doesn’t Kill You.” Better yet, search for “Wim Hof” on YouTube and you will get plenty of results to satisfy your curiosity.

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The main message I got from Hof in

the few YouTube videos I watched was that we as human beings have gotten used to being comfortable. We live and work in environmentally controlled buildings. We have down-fi lled parkas to keep us warm in the winter and technical clothing to help keep us cool in the summer. Hof claims that all this technology is actually debilitating us instead of protecting us. He says that in order to thrive, we need to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Does that sound familiar? Those are the same words that Kriya

Shortt, senior vice-president of customer service at Textron Aviation, told us during her interview for our April cover story. She wasn’t advocating walking around Wichita in shorts in the middle of winter. Instead, Shortt was giving advice for success as an aviation leader. She says, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Put yourself out of your comfort zone to learn more and experience something that might not be the obvious next step in your career.” Why not take the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone from time to time? It might be going back to school. Maybe it is public speaking (that seems to be on the top of most people’s list of uncomfortable situations). Whatever it is, try to step out of your comfort zone! Maybe you can even go a step further and contact your government representatives. How can they represent you if they don’t know how you feel about legislation that is being proposed or issues that are important to you? Whether it’s for personal or professional reasons, they need your feedback! As we are going to press, the Trump administration has proposed major changes to the Air Traffi c Control system. Don’t just sit idle in your comfortable hangar and see what becomes of this. Contact your representatives and let your voice be heard! After all, what doesn’t kill us makes us

stronger. Thanks for reading, and we appreciate

your feedback! – Joe

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