Here is the cockpit - air traffic controller recording for US Airways Flight 1549's ditching in the Hudson river.
Capt Sullenberger described his demeanor as "calm on the outside, turmoil on the inside."
As an aside, the air traffic controller heard in the recording has 10 years of experience.
What does all this have to do with personal finance? Well, a lot. Your earnings are based off of job performance and demonstrated skills. He gets an A+ in both of these and the world knows it. He appears to be an understated man who just believes he was doing his job. I don't think he feels a sense of entitlement from all of his publicity. Because of all of this, he can write his own ticket. I don't think he will ever have to worry about job security in the future.