There is a concept in aviation that properly understood could potentially make you more effective in other areas of your life.
All pilots in the United States must maintain satisfy certain basic currency requirements if he or she is to act as pilot in command of an aircraft carrying passengers under various conditions (day, night, instrument, etc.). These requirements are detailed in part 61.57 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The long and short of the requirements for daytime VFR (visual flight rules) flying are that a private pilot must have made at least three takeoffs and landings while a sole manipulator of the controls in an aircraft or approved flight simulator of the same category, class and type as the one he or she is intending to fly.
As a pilot, I can tell you that just meeting the requirement of three takeoffs and landings will keep you legal, but it likely won’t keep you safe. Piloting an aircraft is a complex process, especially when things go wrong. The basics of flying an aircraft are like riding a bike, but good pilots are proficient at much more than the basics, even for simple daytime visual (as opposed to instrument) flights.
So here’s the broader application I mentioned at the start: to excel at anything consistently you must, of course, satisfy the basic requirements, but you need to train to stay proficient. This is as true for your job as it is for your hobbies or for that matter, your responsibilities as a parent!
Training can come in many forms. You can train yourself. There are resources at hand (thanks largely to the internet) to help you sharpen your skills in virtually any activity. You can seek out a mentor. I’ve found that experts (especially retirees) generally love to share their experience. In aviation we have a number of legal requirements designed to help pilots stay safe and there are a dizzying array of training options to help a pilot not just stay current, but regularly gain proficiency.
A little discipline in this regard can go a long way. I can say that my knowledge and skills are barely recognizable compared to when I began flying 26 years ago. More importantly, I can confidently say a better pilot today than I was a week, a month and a year ago. The learning never stops, unless you stop learning.
Arrogance and complacency are your enemies in any sphere of activity. Even when you are great, there will always be room for improvement.