Dave Sanderson is a survivor. No one will ever dispute that, because he was the last passenger off US Airways Flight 1549… also known as “The Miracle on the Hudson.” You may have heard about this flight in the news. It ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. On that flight sitting in seat 15A, Dave Sanderson had no idea how much his life was about to change. It started with the words he heard the pilot say over the loud speaker, “Brace for impact.” Dave says he had to get his mind around what was happening and literally brace himself, from the physical to the emotional… really, really fast. That required what is required from all of us in times of crisis… no matter where that crisis takes place. He had to put things in proper order and get ready to do what must be done to get through the event. Dave says other than that event it was a normal business day in New York. But the day took on a whole new level of abnormal that none of us would relish. Dave had given up his seat at the front of the plane on another flight to get home earlier. He was at the back of the plane on that fateful day, and he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. He stayed in control of his response to this event, and that’s what we all have to do when faced with less-than-positive life and work events. In this stirring episode of the Cash Flow Diary podcast, Dave talks about his harrowing experience and how the attitudes of the passengers on the plane were able to work together, united by a common mission. Dave says that leaders stepped up all over the plane to help others. Those with the best skills were given the leadership position. What Dave and the other passengers accomplished in six minutes that day had never been pulled off in the history of aviation. What happened when Dave emerged from the wreckage was that he now had an important mission; he wanted to encourage others to do the right thing in life and business… in every situation.
Listen as Dave shares the story of downed Flight 1549 as he reveals the inner strength it took to make it through the crash and how teamwork, leadership, and state management helped. He took what he learned during this event to the external world to help others overcome any obstacle. He talks about how controlled chaos helps us maintain in times of stress. This is a whole different type of Cash Flow Diary episode. You’re going to learn a lot about how to be a true survivor and the skills necessary to get through stressful situations. It starts with your ability to control your emotions and reactions.