Lessons From an Astronaut

November 18, 2013

A couple weeks ago, while driving home from work, I tuned into the rebroadcast of Fresh Air on my local NPR station. I was pleasantly surprised to hear Terry Gross interview astronaut Chris Hadfield. Truthfully, I wasn’t too aware of Mr. Hadfield. I do remember viewing his version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from the International Space Station which became a YouTube hit and generated more than 19 million views.

However, I was filled with a sense of child-like wonder and awe as I listened to Hadfield describe what life was like in space and the amount of courage, preparation and dedication it takes to pull off a typical mission. I was also blown away hearing Hadfield’s eloquent, almost poetic description of the views of earth from the International Space Station.

Recently, Hadfield released a book, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.” It’s the type of book I wouldn’t typically read, but it will immediately go to the top of my reading list.

Whether you’re a marketing pro, teacher, engineer or fast food employee, I highly recommend you listen to the Terry Gross interview with Chris Hadfield. It will expand and add perspective to your thinking and give you a deeper appreciation for the risks astronauts take in the name of science.

“Hero” and “Rock Star” are words that are overused in the media and today’s society. After listing to the Fresh Air interview there’s no doubt in my mind that Chris Hadfield is both.

How about you…who’s your hero? I’d love to hear from you.