So just finished a book by Commander Chris Hadfield called “An Astronaut’s guide to life on earth”, and must say it might just be the best book I’ve read since Andre Agassi’s book “Open”. What a phenomenally difficult and interesting career astronauts have. It is quite literally the stuff hero’s are made of and Chris Hadfield is no exception.
Below are some of my favourite parts of the book:
"I wasn’t destined to be an astronaut. I had to turn myself into one.”
"Endings don’t have to be emotionally wrenching if you believe you did a good job and you’re prepared to let go."
"When you’re the author of your own fate, you don’t want to write a tragedy. Aside from anything else, the possibility of a sequel is nonexistent."
The possibility of a sequel is nonexistent.
"Early success is a terrible teacher. You’re essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must be prepared, you can’t do it. You don’t know how."
"Good leadership means leading the way, not hectoring other people to do things your way.”
Col. Chris certainly has one of the best rounded and grounded (pun intended since he is an ex-Astronaut now) perspectives on life that I have ever seen. Difficult to imagine that given all the success of the author up to this point it is still possible to still be as humble.
As an Astronaut you go through life being top of your class in almost everything to get to become one of the select few that make it into space. From best fighter pilot in your class, to highest graduate in your class and on top of it all, you still need to be the best of all the other recruit that deem to have the "right" stuff to make it. Some of the recruits are even ex Navy seals, summited the Seven highest summits and then still make it as an Astronaut. Talk about setting the bar high...
It always struck me as the most admirable thing in the world if wildly successful people can still stay humble and well adjusted, Col. Chris and Andre Agassi are both good examples of this. Surely these people should be the ones making daily headlines and not what Kim Kardashian decided to named her kid?? And on the topic of celebrities, I'm perplexed we live in a world where a celebrity gets better exposure and enumeration than top Scientists and even Astronauts do.
What do you think does it take to be wildly successful???