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"Top Gun" and Becoming Number One

Updated on September 19, 2013

Continuous Learning and Training is the Key

"Top Gun" the Movie

Top Gun is a 1986 movie about fighter jets, navy pilots, friendship, romance and overcoming tremendous odds ("Top Gun", 2013). But not a few may have missed that the movie is also about competition or reaching the goal to be number one. Like Olympic athletes, the characters led by US Navy Pilots Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) and Lt. Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer) aspire for the gold medal which in this case is the Top Gun trophy awarded at the end after completing the course at the Fighter Weapons School.

For some, the movie may be old as history itself especially coming from the Generation Y or the Generation 9/11. But for the many who were growing up in the magic that was the 1980’s, Top Gun was a trailblazer not only in terms of visual spectacle (aerial scenes with no advanced CGI at that time yet) but also of the 80’s soundtrack as well.

The story line maybe as common as any movie in this sort of genre can get. But what is inspiring is the fact that it highlights again the value of moving on despite the hardships experienced as well as the desire to become the best in whatever we do, whether we are a jet pilot or an ordinary citizen doing daily routine jobs.

The main characters of the movie are already good at what they are doing as fighter jet pilots but they believed that they can still get better so they readily accepted the offer to train further at the Fighter Weapons School or Top Gun. As mentioned in the movie, they (the student-pilots) are the select elite group of pilots coming from the top 1% of the force and the school can still make them better.

The Need to Become the Best

As students, employees, workers, and professionals of today, the need to surpass our past achievements is a necessity in order to be successful now and in the near future. We simply cannot rest on our laurels if we want something good to happen in our lives and careers. The desire for constant improvement must always burn in our hearts and minds and this is the only way to go if we want to be the best at what we do.

Constant improvement can take the form of extra education or learning something new. We can either learn inside a classroom or outside the classroom. Fortunately for us and with the help of technology, we are not only limited to taking education and learning via the traditional method. Nowadays, other methods of learning are available specifically those pertaining to the non-traditional method of learning. And one such non-traditional way is taking lessons on-line or through the use of the internet.

E-Learning as a Tool for Continuous Learning and Self-Improvement

On-line learning or e-learning is already becoming a common method for getting the education that we need without the hassle of going to a stratified class or getting a schedule that does not fit our busy work load (for those already working). Another important advantage of e-learning is that this can be very affordable and within easy reach of ordinary people. A laptop, tablet or a desktop which is connected to the internet is all that is required for e-learning to occur.

Hurdling Life's Challenges and Difficulties

We may experience difficulties or challenges in our lives. This is just normal and alright as long as we recognize that these are just temporary and will soon go away if we take the necessary steps to solve them. It is important that sometimes we have to sacrifice in order to get the results we want. Solutions to problems are not given to us on a silver platter, we always have to work for it.

What is important is the desire to move forward despite the odds that are stacked against us. And one way to do that is to keep ourselves busy by improving our present skills, attitudes and capabilities to handle and manage future challenges or problems as well as grab future opportunities.

Dreaming to become number one is not a bad idea especially if we believe that we have the capability to accomplish it. Continuous learning and improvement can help us attain that dream to be number one. Continuous learning is indeed a never ending process. Learning something new may require us to unlearn other things as well. And watching Top Gun again brought these thoughts back.


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