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Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD


The Flight to Excellence makes a great gift for entrepreneurs and anyone running or starting a business.

Attaining the unattainable is within our reach.

Captain William ”T.” Thompson’s accomplishments are many: US Air Force pilot, Delta Airlines captain, lawyer, award-winning businessman, and professional speaker.

But Thompson did not start out in life with any special advantages. In fact, being born and raised in segregated South Carolina meant that the difficulties he faced growing up were many. But realizing his aspiration to become a pilot and becoming the first African American from the state to be accepted into the prestigious United States Air Force Academy was just the beginning of a pattern of successes in a life that extended far beyond its origins.

Thompson uses his life’s challenges and his personal story to prove that we can all accomplish much more than we previously considered possible-and that we should strive for things that we have even considered unattainable. It doesn’t take special gifts or talents either, the author insists. He credits his P4 System (Principles, People, Flight Plan, and Performance) as the foundation that enabled him to literally pilot his way to success and ultimately become a multimillionaire in the process.

With an attractive and distinctive aviation motif, The Flight to Excellence inspires and instructs executives, entrepreneurs, and anyone with a strong desire to reach extraordinary heights on how we can each build a ”Culture of Excellence” in our own professional and personal lives by applying his methodical process and concepts and our own discipline and hard work.

The proof is in the captain’s own successes.

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Author Bio

William “T” Thompson is a former international airline captain, lawyer, award-winning businessman, and professional speaker. A former association president and CEO representing 50,000 colleagues, “T” has also worked for four governors on both sides of the aisle, overseeing state aviation agencies. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise magazine, The Boston Globe, and the Atlanta Business Journal and has appeared on NBC, CBS, and PBS, among many other media outlets. “T” lives in the Atlanta area, and his proudest accomplishment is raising two wonderful daughters who are focused on living lives of excellence.


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