A wingman is someone that will always stand by your side and who will have your back.
Last night my husband and I had a date night. We went to see the remake of Midway. We are WWII Pacific fleet movie buffs (yes there is such a thing). There was one scene where Dick Best, a fearless pilot turned Executive Officer (XO) on the ship was approached by one of the pilots who didn’t feel like he could fly in the upcoming battle. He gave him the requisite pep talk and then in a surprising move, asked him to fly as his wingman. The young man fully understood the importance of the role and stepped up.
I am so blessed to have a number of people in my life who play this role.
You know who you are.
Who is your wingman?
Having one or more key people in your life that you know will always be there is critical. These people may or may not be a part of your direct team.
It is good mischief to have a wingman [or woman]. I call them the board of directors of my life.
They are the first people that I call when something good happens or when there is a crisis.
Write down those names right now. And write them a handwritten note telling them how much you appreciate having them in your life.