Sully Sullenberger spoke publicly for the first time after his “Miracle on the Hudson.” He spoke for exactly 21 seconds – three sentences. There was eloquence in his brevity.
We of course wanted more – we were yearning to have him tell us how he did it, of the heroic efforts, and the drama. But Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger would have none of it at this celebration of the hometown hero in Danville, CA (my former hometown BTW.) All indications in the press to date show him to be a humble, highly competent man of integrity. And his ‘speech’ reflected nothing less.
Now I hope we hear more. We need heroes to emulate and to learn from. He is certainly a hero, and I hope he allows us to get to know him in book and person. I think he has a lot to teach us. About preparation and leadership, and teamwork.
This was like that first potato chip – tasted great, but leaves us thirsty, yearning for another, and another.
There was eloquence in his brevity, and now I want more. How about you?