Book Review: Piloting Your Life

Piloting Your Life by Terri Hanson Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here we have a great compendium of advice for women, especially those over forty, to make the most of their lives despite all the cultural, physical, social, and economic challenges arrayed against them. Full disclosure: This reviewer is heavily of the male persuasion, so these are thoughts at a remove.

The author is one of those people who seem never to have been satisfied to settle into any one occupation, persona, definition, or pursuit. She lists herself as an entrepreneur, angel investor, startup advisor, expert witness, podcaster, writer, mother, wife, and commercially-rated helicopter pilot. Whew!

Her book covers nearly every aspect of what attaining forty years on the planet means and does to the attainee, and her advice for dealing with the many challenges that age presents, all of it couched (somewhat) in aviation metaphor. There is discussion of disengaging the autopilot, and increasing power, and getting full on the controls, etc. All good advice, whether the reader is a pilot or not, and well worth reading in any case.

Only four stars, because as well written and authoritative as the book is, this reader purchased it believing it truly was an aviation book. As a retired commercial helicopter pilot myself, I wanted to know about the author’s journey to her own cockpit, and that story isn’t included. But if your interest is in navigating your forties as a female, my guess is this book can help guide you in for a gentle landing.Piloting Your Life

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