Yesterday Luik accompanied me to Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY where I addressed the Intro to Business class. Having him beside me was a great encouragement (and let us have a Daddy/Son date to CiCi’s afterward, followed by some indoor rock climbing at Black River Adventures).

During the final Q&A section of my “lecture” (how tedious sounding!), I addressed a question that lead into the subject of what makes us qualified to do what we’re doing.

Certainly, I want my doctor to have gone to school and be qualified to operate on me.

But often the people that accomplish the most in life are sometimes the least “qualified.”

In my address, I mentioned Igor Sikorsky – father of the modern day helicopter – and his famous if not endearing quote about doing what we should not be able to:

“According to the laws of aerodynamics, the bumblebee can’t fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know anything about the laws of aerodynamics, so it goes ahead and flies anyway.”

Most of what I’m doing today I’m technically unqualified for. I’ve never been to college for music, art, pastoring, film, design, literature, creative writing, business development or franchising, let alone fathering or parenting. By all secular accounts, I shouldn’t even be allowed to operate a candy bar stand.

But I don’t know that I shouldn’t be able to do this stuff, so I just keep doing it anyway. (Thanks Igor).

This is certainly not a cop-out for getting an education; but an education should also never be a cop-out for hard work and diligence. (Nor is entering into a mammoth amount of ambiguous debt my recommendation either).

Qualification has far more to do with experience than it does with approval. Test results and certificates approve us, but only time and our capacity to embrace correction truly qualify us. ch:


costa · 6 Mar ’12 at 8:54 am

Thanks for this! Let’s get to work everyone! Whether it’s school, or your job, or doing whatever you do; let’s do it with all we have!

Gabe · 6 Mar ’12 at 11:40 am

Haha, that quote is awesome. 😀 So true!

    Christopher Hopper · 6 Mar ’12 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve always loved it ever since my father (a pilot, and RC aircraft national champion) told it to me years ago.

mooney · 6 Mar ’12 at 3:08 pm

Inspiring, thank you.

Beth · 6 Mar ’12 at 3:58 pm

Love this, sums up my view on education. No matter what you do in life you are always learning, it’s best to learn to do you best or as a very influential guy said recently “you don’t have to be the best, you have to do your best.” 🙂

Mary · 6 Mar ’12 at 7:22 pm

I love this. Would like to send it to my son. My qualifications are null in knowing quite how to do that, but I’ll just figure it out!

Ashlin · 6 Mar ’12 at 10:22 pm

You have NO idea how much I needed to read this today. Divine appointment. Awesome.

    Christopher Hopper · 7 Mar ’12 at 8:35 am

    Hey – right on! Glad it was a timely blessing.

Miriam Woodruff · 7 Mar ’12 at 3:52 am

Yet another reason why I appreciate so much the Lord for putting you in my life. When last did anyone say ….. you are a light in shining armor? Shine on !

    Christopher Hopper · 7 Mar ’12 at 8:36 am

    Thanks Mir. Keep running the race that you’re doing do well on. Love you.

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