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23.06.2015

There is nothing I can do anymore anyway


There is nothing I can do anymore anyway – do you know this statement?

A few days ago I had a discussion at a party with one of the guests. It was about the Berlin airports. Granted, a controversial issue for me, and it is difficult for me to maintain composure. Of course, we also talked about the planned closure of the Berlin-Tegel airport. We all agreed that this doesn’t make any sense. I do not want to talk about why the closing is so stupid. More surprising, I found out that they also agreed that this will happen for sure and that there is nothing anybody can do against it anyway.
Hello there?
This fatalistic sentence encounters not only at Berlin airports. A customer has switched to another supplier – there is nothing we can do anymore anyway…
An important employee has quit - there is nothing we can do anymore anyway …
The account is overdrawn and the costs are gotten out of hand - there is nothing we can do anymore anyway …
The last time doing sports is at least 30 years ago and the heart beats faster after just a few steps - there is nothing we can do anymore anyway…

By the way: alternatives to this phrase are:
It doesn’t make any sense anymore anyway…
Now it’s too late anyway…
In our situation, we don’t have any chance anyway, and so on.
How often do you hear such statements? And how often do you use those phrases yourself?

Now imagine you were sitting in an airplane. And right above the Atlantic you will hear a pilot’s message that sounds something like this:
"Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you have already noticed that we have serious problems. Believe us, we have discussed them extensively here in the cockpit, but there is nothing we can do anymore anyway. "
Or
"Yes, if we had noticed this problem already on the ground. But now in the air - there is nothing we can do anymore anyway."

To my student pilots I always say: "You can give up when Saint Peter stands in front of you, identifies himself (this is important) and says: You can let the throttle go now. As long as one of these points is missing, fight! "
How often do we give up way too fast? How often do we accept conditions as irrefutable?
How often do we resign ourselves to fate?

To me it is not important that you bring everything to a bitter end. If you say "I don’t want to do anything anymore" – fine! But please, don’t hide behind pseudo-realities like “It doesn’t make any sense anymore anyway.”

 

We can give up when we are dead!


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