Is being a co-pilot or engineer worth it?

You can't come up with all great ideas so sometimes is good to join others, and you don't live on an island with no people so it's good to have some friends.

If being a pilot is so great, why should I even think about being a co-pilot or engineer? (if confused what I'm talking about, check the first part)

Well, because of a few can't come up with all the great ideas in the world first, so sometimes it is good to join others. And you don't live on an island with no people (most of us don't) so it's good to make friends.

And the most important point is that being a co-pilot can give you a great deal of joy because you help someone else achieve their dream outcome. This giving will make you happy, and you will also learn a ton in the process.

Being a co-pilot on someone's journey towards a great outcome means you are jointly working on that thing. You exchange ideas, think about the best ways to approach it, and take action towards making it happen. Many "I am a pilot of this ship" projects will turn out to be even better if you recruit a co-pilot for yourself, especially if you plan to build a rocket to take you to Mars.

It's as Steve Jobs famously said: It's through the team bumping up against each other: having arguments, having fights sometimes, making some noise. Working together, they polish each other and turn the idea into an amazing product.

Now, you may start to think that being an engineer is not a good thing. Because it's the last role I write about here. Before, I slapped the European school system for pushing you all to be engineers, but it's not all bad. Being an engineer is also a natural part of the game. Engineers solve problems other people throw at them. They also usually know how to solve such types of problems and are good at it. That's why others choose them to solve those problems in the first place.

In some moments, you (and everyone) will inevitably be an engineer. Most likely because you are very good at something, e.g., building rocket engines, so others will enlist your help to solve one particular problem. You won't have a say in "where the rocket will fly," but you will be the boss building the most reliable and powerful rocket engine. Or even just a piece of it. It really does not matter how big your kingdom is. What matters is that for engineers, there's always a kingdom she/he is master of.

I hope you can see now that we must be all three almost daily. It allows us to feel like we are growing, to feel like we are in control of our life. It allows us to feel successful. So don't miss out on being a co-pilot or an engineer!

I also hope that when you think about these three roles, you see that being a good pilot also means knowing when to be a co-pilot and when you need to become an engineer and solve problems others throw at you. It's good to think about the role you want to play in each more considerable activity you plan to take on because it will allow you to bring your best to the table.

I use words like a venture, a project, a business, a startup, or a company as synonyms. They mean focused activities you do to achieve some outcomes. You may do it as solo-proprietor or aspire to make it a startup or a company and build it into a global brand.

Being a good pilot also means knowing when to be a co-pilot and when you need to become an engineer and solve problems others throw at you.