Nando Parrado spoke at the World Business Forum 2010 about Effective leadership amidst chaos: The Miracle of the Andes. Fernando Parrado is one of the survivors of the airplane crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes in 1972 – one of the greatest survival stories ever. After the accident, he helped publish the bestselling book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors. In 2006, he co-wrote the New York Times bestseller Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home.
Please watch the short video to hear a brief summary by the speaker in his own words. His message was one of humility and perspective.
1. Luck plays a role in our success. I survived because I chose a seat in the plane in row 9. Everyone behind this row was killed.
2. No one knows how you will react in crisis until it happens. We did things we could never have imagined to survive. You cannot think like you are sitting here, you must put yourself in that spot with no food for days and slowly freezing. The search for us had been called off and we had no idea when or if we would be found.
3. We learned what is important in life. You never know what will happen so do the things that are important every day. What is most important is the love you have in your life. Life is measured by the extraordinary moments that take your life away and it is all rooted in love. Kiss your partner. Maintain your connections with those you care about. Make each moment count. Be grateful.
It has been to spend almost 2 days listening to great business and political leaders talking about what they did to create professional success. Now, near the end of the 2 days, we hear from an amazing individual who talked about what it is to be a person living in the moment rooted in what is really important to him, love. His message calls me to stop and think about who I am beyond my contribution to my profession. If I were to die, then be given a second chance at life, what would I do with that precious time? Can I live my life that way now?
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