If you’re running a business, the payoff to this story is at the end. But let’s start at the beginning.
More than 20 years ago, a young boy — 5, 6, then 7 years old — would routinely travel back and forth between New York and Texas to visit family. He was invited to meet the pilots and visit the cockpit on one such flight on Delta Air Lines.
From that moment, he later said, he knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up.
“I remember sitting there and being fascinated by all the buttons,” said Justin Mutawassim, who is now 26 years old. “From there, I just caught the bug.”
Throughout his youth, Mutawassim was known for his single-minded focus. (“[R]emember when I would talk nonstop about flying planes for a living in school?” Mutawassim wrote to friends on Twitter four years ago.)
And although a teacher derailed his…
This article was written by Bill Murphy Jr. and originally published on www.inc.com