Everybody knows about the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. It was the most watched television event in history and revolutionized the fields of aeronautics, engineering, and computer science. However, people might not know the stories of the day-to-day miracles of cooperation and problem solving that made a possibility of something that many highly educated people believed was literally impossible. Best of all, they are applicable to your giant dreams no matter what it is: no spacesuit required.
Reach High. No, Higher
In 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. Getting a man into space in the first place was a major achievement. But that wasn’t enough for President Kennedy, who challenged NASA to put a man on the moon way before anyone on Earth had a clue how to do it. The result was arguably the greatest achievement in human history. They had the courage to pursue a goal that was daunting and intimidating, but why should you be any different? They were talented humans, but humans nonetheless, just like you. The message? Simply achieving something major shouldn’t be enough for you. Never stop raising the bar in your own life, you may be surprised where you end up!
Constant Learning and Adaptation
When you have your sights set on the moon, there are going to be some mistakes made along the way. Literally thousands of people had to achieve a high level of competence and cooperate across thousands of miles using 1960’s technology. Although they broke ground in ways that were unprecedented, mistakes happened. Rockets exploded on the launchpad during testing, missions went awry, and a tragic fire killed the Apollo 1 crew because of a simple oversight. Although there were people in high places who doubted NASA’s ability to achieve the goal of putting a man on the moon, NASA team members didn’t panic. Instead, they adapted: they rethought their procedures and reevaluated their mindsets scientifically and objectively, and they succeeded.
The message? Don’t be afraid to fail on your personal “moon voyage”, because occasionally you will. Want to know how I know? Literally everyone does in some way. It’s how you bounce back and adapt that makes the difference. Be objective, and think through your problem in a scientific fashion. Then, adapt and overcome the problem you’re faced with!
I’m Jessica Cox. I’m motivated by helping others pursue their “impossible” dreams. Let me share my story with the attendees at your meeting, convention, or religious gathering and I can can give you real-life tips that can help you make the impossible happen. Contact me here.