How the Lessons of Manned Space Flight Can Help Self-Starters and Entrepreneurs

Posted: June 16, 2012 in Business, Courage, Entrepreneurship, Friends, Humility, Inspiration, Optimism, Personal
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It has been just over 51 years since man started travelling in space. I have been fortunate to be alive for all of them. I was about five months old when Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. A few weeks later, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, on a flight that lasted roughly 15 minutes. A couple of weeks after that, US President John F. Kennedy, set the goal of man landing on the moon, and returning safely, by the end of the decade. History tells us that this goal was met, with a few months to spare. Obviously, when President Kennedy set that ambitious goal, most of the technology needed to accomplish it, didn’t exist. But that didn’t stop them.

Sometimes, you have to set a goal and not let anything stop you. The space program confronted many difficulties along the way, including loss of life. But, they never stopped focusing on what their objective was. They never loss sight of the goal. And along the way, they created so much of the technology that is important today. As you buy your dad that cordless power tool for Father’s Day this weekend, give a slight nod to the space program. When you reset your smoke alarm, say thanks NASA for protecting me. How your water is filtered, lots of the computer technology, the lightweight material used for helmets, tennis rackets, and other sporting goods. The shock-absorbing tennis shoes and other athletic shoes. The teflon that covers most of the roofs of stadiums. That doesn’t even begin to cover it. There are medical advances like dialysis, the transitional artificial heart, and many, many more. All because they set goals and did what was necessary to reach them.

Many people run into problems because, although they know how to set goals, they aren’t willing to do the work necessary to reach them. They let problems deter them from achieving the success that they are looking for. Success takes sacrifice and hard work. But, look at the wonderful things that can be created along the way. Set a goal, and don’t let anything stop you from reaching it. Don’t just think outside the box, be willing to throw away the box and create something new. Yes, there will be setbacks, but don’t let those deter you from what you want to accomplish. The brave people in the space program worked together, worked as a team, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are people out there willing to help you reach your goals.

The lessons learned throughout our lifetime can help us learn how to have that drive and determination to create beautiful things in our lives and in our world. Dare to be innovative and driven and never lose sight of your goals. Never be afraid to set ambitious goals, but be willing to do the work necessary to reach them. Some would say “The sky is the limit!” I prefer to look at it as having no limits, you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to through hard work and determination.

  1. michele says:

    If that doesn’t give you a kick in the butt then I don’t know what will


  2. Lisa Craig says:

    Simply beautiful! Craig, I admire your courage and your spirit. I truly enjoy how you see the world, and how you are free with your effort to share your view with all of us.

    Just remember that if achieving goals was easy, everyone would do it. Not everyone achieves their goals, because too many throw in the towel! If you want something bad enough, you have to be committed to making it happen, no matter what it takes!



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