2012 is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, celebrating 60 years.

2012 is also a personal Jubilee for me, celebrating 12 years as a qualified pilot – the appropriately named Silk (Scarf?) Jubilee.

There are many similarities between being a pilot and running a business, the main one being to follow your passion. Indeed, I am being featured in a new book that is shortly to be published ‘Passion Pays’ by Genevieve de Lacaze.

There is an aviation theme to my own first book, ‘Chocks Away: achieving freedom from the 9 to 5’, and it is also something that I’ve mentioned several times in blogs over the last few years:

Why do pilots make better CEO’s?

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The achieving freedom blog

February 2012

Downtime & the self-employed – why it matters

January 2012

Business Christmas cards?

November 2011

The benefits of business aviation

September 2011

James McBrearty’s BNI Journey

May 2011

Simulations vs games

May 2011

Take flight and launch your own business

January 2011

In the twelve years that I’ve been a pilot, combined with the six years running taxhelp.uk.com, following my passions I’ve had many great experiences. Below are a selection of my flying ones, which are very much linked to business success.

How have you been following your own passions, and what experiences have you had in doing this?

Please share in the comments below.