Mark Hardcastle graduated from the USAF Academy in 1982. After nine years as a pilot on active duty, he left the military to join a commercial airline. In addition to flying B-777s around the world, Hardcastle spends time in the Rocky Mountains and serves on the artistic staff of the Colorado Children’s Chorale.
Mark recognized years ago that patterns were developing around events in his life. After several years of journaling about that reality, Mark broke his neck in a mountain biking accident making him powerfully focus his attention and write a book about his life experiences. Today he travels around the country inspiring groups of all sizes to lives that manifest Integrity, celebrate Resolve, and embrace Reality.
What to Expect
- Military to commercial transition
- The story behind writing his book
- The watershed event
- The idea of perseverance
- Everyone is fighting a battle
- How our lives should be defined
- Life’s real craving
- How to restore harmony in life
- The man on crutches
- The difference in Mindset
- What defines our ultimate success
- Stories good enough to write about
How to Restore Harmony in our Life
The Idea of Perseverance
Mark Hardcastle tells us that his book came from a need to make ends meet. The airline where he was working filed for bankruptcy, cutting his pension and salary. From what he has left, he tried to earn as much as he can, writing and taking a second job. Hoping to have a decent retirement someday, he sought to recover buying real estate properties but the recession hit the market, and his assets lost their value.
Despite everything that happened, Mark just kept walking. He stayed in the process, and things started to work out later on. We have the opportunity and choose to give up or stay and take one more step. He had all the reasons to quit working, but instead, he did whatever he can to honor his obligations. Today, his book is giving him speaking opportunities, and his properties are providing enough to let him plan for a comfortable retirement someday.
The Difference in Mindset
The thing that defines us and our ultimate success is our mindset. Mark Hardcastle says that the if we can develop a mindset where we are bound and determined to find a way around or through whatever obstacle to getting where we want to be, there’s nothing we couldn’t do.
The story of the man in crutches according to Mark is a classic. He told us about a disabled old man who climbed a mountain trail even if it took him hours to get there. This man couldn’t even stand on his own, but he was able to climb flights of stairs and get through tunnels only by himself trying to hold on to whatever he can. While he was able to get to the summit and enjoy the view, other healthy climbers get discouraged when they realize how hard the journey can be reaching the top. The only difference is their mindset. The younger, healthier people give up because they get overwhelmed with the enormity of the task ahead. The old man was determined to continue one step after the other until he made it to his goal.
Stories to Write About
More often, Mark gets asked if someone’s story is good enough to be written. His answer is that he never thought his story was even interesting yet he made a tremendous impact on the lives of a lot of people. The things that we see are normal and ordinary because we live through them day by day. His job as a pilot, flying a huge aircraft with more than 300 people is ordinary for him. In the lives of other people, it’s pretty huge to be even in the cockpit. Moreover, a hundred years ago, flying alone was just a wild imagination.
Every one of has an extraordinary life and anyone who wants to share that should write it down. We should never fear and think that our story should never be shared. Everybody has an extraordinary life, and everybody has an extraordinary story to tell.
- “Plato tells us to be kind for everyone we meet is fighting a battle.”
- “Life is not a quest for pleasure or power as it is a search for meaning.”
- “We all crave meaningful lives, jobs, existence.”
- “I had the opportunity to do good while doing well. I am nothing more than a vessel.”
- “We have the opportunity to choose to give up or take one more step. We only need to take one step at any given time.”
- “The things that define us and defines our ultimate success or not is that if we are determined to take that one step.”
- “Are we in the mindset that we are bound and determined to find a way around or through whatever obstacle that stands where we are and where we want to be?”
- “Look around, determine where you want to go and take one more step.”
- “The things that we see as normal are ordinary because we live through them day by day. Other people see it as extraordinary.”
- “Everyone of us has an extraordinary life, and anyone who wants to share that should write it down.”
- “Everybody has an extraordinary life. Everybody has an extraordinary story to tell.”
- “Live a life of integrity and honesty especially with yourself. Never let anyone convince you to live a life that you are not.”
- “We can be self-limiting. We allow ourselves to be convinced by our fears that we don’t deserve success. Get over it.”
- “You have value, you have an extraordinary story.”
- “Don’t let anybody convince you that you are something that you are not, more importantly, that you are something that you are.”
If we accept the reality that change is inevitable, we can understand that our lives should not be defined by what happens to us. It’s all about how we respond.
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