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We have all heard of the mid-life crisis. Those are so cliché. The hottest trend this year is the Quarter-Life Crisis. If you haven’t tried it yet, you are missing out.

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Gone are the days of being 50 when you freak out about your life. Today, you need only be in your 20’s to begin this crisis journey. The conditions are just right. You are starting out in your life…

Maybe a new city, new job, new friends, new significant other, toss in a little pandemic, unemployment, panic, fear, and it’s the perfect quarter-life crisis recipe.

I have been rocking…


I have been an airline pilot for the last four years. I had the opportunity to explore the world. Living in and out of hotels for days at a time away from home.

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I would regularly spend more days in hotel beds than my own bed at home.

In one week, I could fly 20 flights, traveling over 6,000 miles, meeting hundreds of people.

That was my routine, until March when COVID hit, and I was sent home.

My last flight was early in March. My life and career have changed. I work from home, mostly only seeing my wife and the neighbors.

A busy schedule traveling around the world changed to a life based at home but I have found many positives.

A Big Adjustment

I had a consistent routine down while working. I often…


My favorite genre of book is by far biographical.

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Unlike self-help books, biographies teach by explaining life-lessons in a real way.

They are real people, going through real-life. Exposing their strengths, and more importantly, their weaknesses.

The best biogaphies read like a captivating novel. They have taken on a greater meaning to me. I carry the lessons I have learned with me forever.

During challenging times, especially the present moment, it brings me comfort to remember that some of my heroes and idols faced similar setbacks and challenges. Despite these challenges, they persevered and had incredible success after their failures.


Christmas will look a lot different this year. Back in March, we hoped the COVID-19 pandemic would be under control by the summer.

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Yet, 10 months after it started, here we are. Cases are surging across the country. The positivity rate has increased, active cases are higher than ever before, and many states, including California, are instituting massive lockdowns.

There will be stricter rules for residents. The holidays will look different as restrictions will go into 2021.

What is Happening in California?

New stay-at-home orders are going into effect Sunday night. California governor, Gavin Newsom, is following through on measures to relieve California ICUs at…


The first day of my new dream airline job was in March 2020. Four days later, in training, the supervisor walked in and told us all to pack up and leave.

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He said, “You still have a job for now, but we don’t need you, so you have to go home.”

COVID wrecked my industry, and the company took immediate action to save cash and keep everyone safe.

Nine months later, the prognosis is still bad. It is clear until the vaccines start being distributed, and consumer confidence is restored, that the aviation industry will be slow.

Quarter-Life Crisis

I always assumed…


I had a stable job… right until I lost it — How do we move forward?

I had what would be considered a stable job. Many people do, they work for big companies that have consistent revenue and are optimized to grow slowly.

Yet, I lost my job. Millions of people around the world did too.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nature of business changed nearly overnight. All the conventions are entirely different than last year. Work from home may be the new normal, and new industries will start.

I worked hard to progress my career after college, to move up, and get into a good position for the future. …


Three Principles of Steve Jobs in Your Life

In 2007, Steve Jobs took the stage at the Apple Macworld conference in San Francisco, CA in his trademark blue jeans and black turtleneck. He announced arguably the most important device of the decade, the iPhone.

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“Today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products of this class. The first one is a wide-screen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough internet-communications device.” — Steve Jobs (Macworld 2007)

He was being cheeky, the announcement was of course contained in one small device. It seems funny now because iPhone’s are commonplace, however, at the…


My industry, aviation, was beaten down by the virus. Numbers dropped to unprecedented lows. Airplanes were parked, borders shut down, and many airline employees, including me, were furloughed or took large pay cuts.

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I have been an airline pilot for the last 5 years. While I wasn’t naive about the risks in the industry everything was going and looked great ahead. Record profits, passenger numbers, and growth in all areas.

Then seemingly overnight the passenger counts dropped, planes stopped flying, and there was very little work to go around.

I went from flying 80 hours a month to 0. I…


Young children have a relentless curiosity. They ask questions, have no ego, and look for answers in the world, not problems. It sounds like the opposite of many adults.

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We’re in Florida, out by a pool. I look over and my wife is holding her iPhone chasing a small lizard around the pool. She jumps deftly over a pool chair, nearly falls into the pall, all to keep up with the quick little lizard.

She is recording a video to show one of her preschool students.

Last week the student declared that lizards are his favorite animal. As per the…


The COVID-19 pandemic is a problem I never thought could happen. As an airline pilot, I was careful to not put all my eggs in one basket. I always knew that the potential for another 2008 recession or a September 11 style tragedy could happen again, yet those dangers seemed impossible.

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Last year the airlines were posting record profits, expanding fleets, and upgrading airports we all felt a little unstoppable. Many people I worked with only saw the green, chances for promotion, and the potential for big bucks without any concern for the future.

Living on Borrowed Time and Money

This pandemic has forced a major…

Phil McCain

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