Life Lessons from a Hot Air Balloon Pilot

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By: Faith Phares | Kristina Guerrero | article by : Dave Hanson Posted: 12:44 PM, Jun 23, 2022 Updated: 10:13 AM, Jun 29, 2022

For many people a hot air balloon ride is a bucket list item, but for others it’s their career and their passion. We spoke to Scott Appelman, hot air balloon pilot and founder of Rainbow Ryders, America’s largest balloon ride business, about the life lessons he’s learned seeing at the world from his unique perspective.

First – roll with the changes

Change is the only constant in life, and the only way to survive is to go with the flow. When you’re flying a balloon, the weather changes constantly. Since you can’t control nature, all you can do is observe, and modify your behavior to best advantage.

Next life’s a journey – so stop and admire the view

Taking time to admire your journey gives you a sense of appreciation for where you are, and the struggles and accomplishments that brought you this far.

Next – the sky’s the limit

Don’t worry about what’s behind you — your past is what built your character and drove you to what you choose to be. Remember that with determination and passion, there are no limits to what you can achieve.

Last — be the sunshine

A hot air balloon pilot gets to show people the world in its best light, and give them a day where they feel special and lucky to be alive. But guess what — anyone can do that, any day! By treating people well, you have the power to make the world a better place, and lift everyone around you up like a hot air balloon.

Up up and away, with life lessons from a hot air balloon pilot!