Launch the Best You

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Time to Launch

Not too long ago, I spoke with an astronaut about what it takes to launch into space. Since I don’t work at NASA and am not a rocket scientist, we were way outside of my comfort zone. He was patient and talked me through the various parts of a successful launch.

It occurred to me, as he was sharing his extensive knowledge, how so many of the elements in a rocket launch are appropriate for launching things right here on planet Earth.

 

“We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.” -John Glenn

Energy Required

The factor that really interested me was the energy required to launch. We talked about the amount of fuel it takes to propel a rocket into space. I learned that the Space Shuttle had over two million pounds of solid propellant in its boosters.

Two million pounds!

All of this is to fire up the engines, create liftoff, and escape the velocity of the Earth’s atmosphere. The rocket must overcome gravity drag.

What may have been a simple, elementary explanation for a non-scientist crystallized some ideas for me.

If we want to launch something big, it often requires more fuel than we imagine.

 

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” -Moliere

 

Feed Your Success

Quotes from American Hero John Glenn

What’s Your Live-Acy?

John Glenn once said, “I’m not interested in my legacy. I made up my word: ‘live-acy.’ I’m more interested in living.”

And live he did. John Glenn passed away today at 95 here in Columbus, Ohio. He was a true American hero, a Senator, an astronaut that inspired many throughout the world. He was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962. Years later, in 1998, he became the oldest person in space.

He encouraged all of us to pursue what seems impossible.

Here are some of the quotes from the man who inspired so many:

 

“You can’t relive your life.” –John Glenn

 

“The political graveyards are full of people who don’t respond.” –John Glenn

 

“Fear connotes something that interferes with what you’re doing.” –John Glenn

 

“When the new becomes commonplace, people become accustomed to it. That’s a tribute to our sense of adventure.” –John Glenn

 

“There is still no cure for the common birthday.” –John Glenn

 

“There are times when you devote yourself to a higher cause than personal safety.” –John Glenn

 

“The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds.” –John Glenn

 

“To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.” –John Glenn

 

“We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.” –John Glenn

 

“We have an infinite amount to learn from nature and from each other.” –John Glenn

 

“As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.” –John Glenn

 

“Zero-G and I feel fine.” –John Glenn

 

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