Prophet/Teacher Combos, When They Care For the People Who Are With Them

Wright Flyer 1
Orville Wright flying Flyer 1 from a prone position as Wilbur Wright looks on. December 17, 1903 @ 10:35 AM. Kitty Hawk, NC. Photograph by John T. Daniels, “who had never operated a camera until now, snapped the shutter to take what would be one of the most historic photographs of the century”.

Caring for people is critical when Prophets are at work, and thus a healthy Teacher can help them in that need.

I am reading David McCoullough (Teacher)’s biography of the Wrights and it is astoundingly engaging.  I found it at Books-A-Million on the clearance table, for roughly 8 dollars.

I wanted to reproduce one of the vignettes here and then draw a principle, this one from Chapter 5: December 17, 1903.  It describes what had happened after they had made their first four flights on Flyer 1.  John T. Daniels, a Kitty Kawk native helping the Wrights at the time, was holding their light prototype still while they were standing on the beach, discussing what to do after the fourth flight:

There was talk of going angain, of even attempting a flight down the beach to the weather station.  But a sudden gust caught the flyer and tossed it along the sand “just like you’ve seen an umbrella turned inside-out and loose in the wind,” remembered John T. Daniels.

Daniels had been standing holding an upright of one of the wings and suddenly found himself caught in the wires and the machine “blowing across the beach, heading for the ocean, landing first on one end and and then the other, rolling over and over, and me getting more tangled up in it all the time’–all 600-plus pounds of the machine, plus Daniels, who weigned over 200 pounds, swept up by the wind as though they weighed nothing at all.

When the machine stopped momentarily, Daniels succeeded in breaking loose. (His escape was miraculous,” Orville later wrote, “as he was in the engine and chains.”) “I wasn’t hurt much. I got a good many bruises and scratches and was so scared I couldn’t walk strainght for a few mintues,” Daniels would say.  The brothers “ran up to me, pulled my legs and arms, felt of my ribs and told me there were no bones broken.  They looked scared, too.”  From that day on Daniels could proudly claim to have survived the first ever airplain wreck.

The Flyer was a total wreck…

Here is the kicker, gang.  Instead of being concerned with their plane, which was certainly something to consider, which they probably also considered, at the inception of their work, they demonstrated a choice to make the lives of those that helped them a priority.  They didn’t pull him loose carelessly, and then barrel through with another test.  Instead, they showed a priority to Daniels.

When a Teacher/Prophet Combo shows a greater value for the dignity of human life than for the work that pertains to their birthright, they unknowingly come into a great portion of their birthright as well: Responsibility for fellow man.

Bill and Dave of Hewlett-Packard (Teacher/Exhorter) understood this concept well, which is why HP took a major leap forward in the early days.  They created a safe enviornment for their employees to fail and to excel, and because they cared for thier employees, they were rewarded with something most companies can only dream about these days: loyalty.

Gang, when a Prophet embraces the second level of principles, dealing with interpersonal relationships, in his or her business dealings, he will be rewarded with a greater outflow of success.  And when he or she and a Teacher work together, not only weaving principles together from the start, but also helping other people out along the way of their journey into their destiny, then a flood of resources and/or revelation and flow will come to them.

This concern for Daniels’ life over the life of their aircraft sowed a huge intangible into their future success, and because of that concern, aviation has at its core foundation, a concern for the well-being of others as well as the destination.  If we violate that principle of aviation, a principle the Wrights laid, then we stand to reap incredible devastation in this industry.

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