In 1992, sitting in a new hire pilot class, I remember Herb coming in and talking about SWA to the new pilots. We had 115 airplanes and were doing quite well. Someone asked Herb what he thought the next big competition for SWA would be. Herb thought for about 5 seconds and said " I think the next big competition in the airline business, .... will be the competition of the balance sheets,............ and I fully intend to win that one." Being an econ major, I knew that I had found a place to call home. I was offered a Job at United about a month later, and respectfully declined, mostly because of my experience with Herb Kelleher on that first day of class. Now it is 14 years later, and the airline world has collapsed. Southwest has prospered. Talk about vision! Don"'t look for a good job, look for a good leader!"
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