From Fear to Social Courage
There is no room for weakness as a fighter pilot and yet she had one and no one knew about it. A retired fighter pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Barlette, shares her story of struggling with confidence and imposter syndrome in a male-dominated industry.
Tammy Barlette is co-founder of Athena’s Voice, a speaking business featuring 13 female fighter pilots from around the United States.
She herself is a fighter pilot who served in the Air Force for over 20 years, retiring in September of 2018 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
She has flown multiple aircraft, to include the T-37 Tweet, T-38 Talon, A-10 Warthog, MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, accumulating more than 3000 total flying hours and over 1500 hours of combat support time assisting and protecting troops on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
She is also a graduate of the prestigious US Air Force Weapons School and has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry. Lt Col Barlette is married to a Federal Agent and has three children.
1. Find your supporters. My husband was the one who got me thinking about starting my business, otherwise, I don’t think I would have even explored this option. His support has been instrumental in my success (as usual).
2. Accountability is key. Whether it is being accountable to your why or your business partners, it makes a massive difference in your drive and dedication to your purpose. Meeting regularly to update each other on what we have accomplished and establishing action items before the end of each meeting keeps us moving forward, even if it feels like we are moving in molasses sometimes.
3. Establish your big dream, but remember to establish reasonable expectations. What can you really accomplish and is it SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based? Building a business takes time.
Also, associated with this is going with the 80% solution concept…not waiting for perfection…you MUST keep moving. Accept your mistakes along the way, learn from them, and keep going.
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