Jet Pilots don't use Rear Views Mirrors

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

pilotJet Pilots do not use REAR VIEW MIRRORS!

I am always amazed how people look back and dwell in the past. 

Do you know, that jet pilots are always looking ahead to get to where they are going.  They are always striving to be on time and trying to please everyone. 

So why is it that too often we all look back and complain about this or that and fixate on "if only".   The thing is, we should all have goals to look forward to, be more positive, and find only good things to talk about. 

It's like watching the news at night.  They always have plenty to report on and most of it is bad.  I like to keep up on what has happened in the world, but I wish some of the stories talked about the great things that happened and not just the murders, accidents, economic disaster, weather catastrophes, and such.

Do you think that things would be better if he did not have rear view mirrors?   Wish I was a jet pilot!

How about you?

Comments (20)

Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Will, great post about moving forward and not looking back.

Aug 17, 2022 11:30 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Thanks Mike Frazier and it is so true.


Aug 17, 2022 12:03 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We should be more positive - and look at what is good in the world.  Unfortunately it is typically something negative that makes the news.  I remember when they used to always end a news broadcast with a positive story.  We need to have more of that in our life.

Aug 17, 2022 03:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Will- we can learn from the past but then it's best to move on!

Aug 17, 2022 06:35 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have to agree with you Lynnea


Aug 17, 2022 09:31 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

My wife always fixates on what’s going on behind our car. She misses exits all the time watching what’s behind instead of what she’s about to hit or miss 🤪

Aug 17, 2022 10:13 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I am not a "if only" person and I don't dwell on the past. It's over.

Aug 18, 2022 04:53 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kat and you are so right!


Aug 18, 2022 07:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Paul that could be bad missing a exit.


Aug 18, 2022 07:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Let's continue to move forward and spread love and kindness along the way.

Aug 18, 2022 07:57 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Will - I don't like to dwell on the past but I do like to use the past as a guide and learning.

Aug 18, 2022 08:17 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Along with others who have mentioned drivers and rear view mirrors I've always been baffled by those obsessed about the distance a car is following behind them... and then the really stupid ones hit the brakes and cause the collision saying it was the other drivers fault. Shear stupidity.

Aug 18, 2022 10:40 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Will,
I read somewhere that kids hear 400 negative words a day, and it takes 5 - 7 positive comments to counteract the negative.  Negativity causes anxiety. No wonder we have so much mental illness these days. We need to change that statistic. That's one of the reasons I limit the time I spend watching the news.  As I tell people, I try to stay informed without getting overwhelmed.

Aug 21, 2022 06:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Carol Williams and I think you are so right about kids

Aug 21, 2022 07:13 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

From earliest childhood, people are negatively conditions because parents want to keep children safe and young children do not understand long complete sentences. No works very well. Unfortunately, negative conditioning takes root in the subconscious.  Looking forward with this subconscious negative conditioning has a very dirty window while the sideview mirror is relatively clean because often the past looks better than the future.

Aug 25, 2022 05:46 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Will -  I am so glad that Carol highlighted you.  Your post is awesome.

Aug 27, 2022 03:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Will. I would be satisfied if the news were accurately and objectively reported. If I want their opinion I will ask. And as for the rear view mirror, the hard part is separating the facts from the fiction. Enjoy your day.

Aug 27, 2022 05:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Will Hamm ,

I'm so glad that Carol Williams featured your post on her Second Chance Saturday Series as I missed it. What a great analogy! I too wish the news would focus on some good things that are happening instead of all the negative and innuendos. 

Aug 27, 2022 07:35 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Hi, Will.

Thank you for this post.

We can't change others and wish they'd do what we like, and we can only change ourselves by not listening to negative thoughts. The action takes us where we want to go, not "wishful thinking."

Great analogy!


Aug 27, 2022 10:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Will:

Great advice here. It's easy to fall back on "could've, should've, would've" rather than a focus on moving forward.


Aug 28, 2022 05:15 PM