How you handle the crucial transition between struggling to stay aloft and executing an appropriate landing – that moment reveals what kind of pilot you really are. Be smart. NEVER make critical decisions that require luck to avoid trouble. At some point you might have to concede that the spot beneath you is the world’s best – because it’s the only one you can safely reach. If you settle for straight-in approaches, eventually you will land short. Even under ideal circumstances that is inconvenient and excruciatingly embarrassing, but it could also amount to a needless, costly, and possibly tragic crash. Better to face facts as they are and maintain a pragmatic grasp of priorities. Then you can go for the gold (or diamond) next time.