- Publisher: Al Carmickle
- Edition: 1
- Available in: Audio, Softcover, ebook
How many people in life benefit from the crystal clear direction that comes from knowing what they want to do early in life? Do the benefits of self-determinism ever outweigh the benefits of a goal easily attained?
In her work, Meryl Getline makes a strong case for having a clearly defined goal in life, through the lens of her own struggle to become one of the first female major commercial airline pilots in the world. She inspires with brave resolve, ingenuity, and resourcefulness in a way that compares with the struggles of a little real-life engine that could. She provides a living example of the sentiments expressed by Winston Churchill more than 50 years ago: Never, never, never, never give up, no matter how arduous the path or how presumably unattainable the goal. Throughout the story, it becomes progressively more remarkable how many times she turns no into yes by going around or through obstacles. It also becomes progressively clear that she does not heed her detractors, which leads to the mountain of hilarious adventures that no one could ever make up. At one point, the story becomes so amazing that one feels compelled to check the cover of the book to verify what one is reading.
Many useful lessons are displayed in grand fashion, such as the rewards of persistence, of being relentlessly focused on one’s goals, and of keeping an open mind. Perhaps the most valuable, however, is that of following the rabbit hole, so to speak, to see where it ends up. Many of the successes and unique experiences shared by Meryl Getline in her work result from
doggedly following a thread of her dream to be a pilot, some times ending up in an entirely different place than she originally expected. For example, while at a regional transport company, her adherence to this principle takes her halfway around the world to Iran in the blink of an eye! This instance also illustrates the very tangible benefit that accrues to she who has the courage and initiative to commit to action before the competition.
This book is moving and funny without being ponderous and high-handed. The style is conversational as if Getline was seated next to the reader on a two-hour commuter flight, talking about how she got to where she is today. She effectively explains how she overcame obstacles without passing judgment on the obstructers, leaving the reader free to formulate her own opinions about the injustice of prejudice. She also provides key insight into the secretive world of commercial airline pilots, which is a proverbial black box to all but only the most frequent travelers. Because of her indomitable spirit and her capacity to move like a powerful vector towards her goals, without needlessly burdening the reader with self-righteous prattle about the sins of discrimination, this work becomes a demonstrative tale about the struggle against bias and oppression that resonates well with many different kinds of people.
It is apparent that those who got to know Meryl Getline along her path to success benefited from knowing a rare and superior per son. Those who crave achievement of their goals would do well to follow suit by reading this book.
President, Airport Concessions, Inc. United Airlines Premier Member Alaska Airlines MVP Gold Member America West Silver Flight Fund Member
The World at My Feet in audio is a great compliment to the softcover book for those that would like to listen to Meryl narrating the book. It is only available here it is not in book stores like the softcover edition and the ebook. The book comes on three CDs or on a thumb drive.
Meryl provided additional information in several of the chapters that were not in the softcover edition of the book. The audiobook is over six hours in length.
We are so fortunate that several years ago Meryl decided to make an audio recording of her book. As her husband, after her death from cancer in June 2019 I decided to turn Meryl’s recordings into an audiobook.
To listen to an introduction click the play button.