We’ve all heard the term, “It’s not rocket science.” And, while that is true of most conversations, topics, and activities, there are benefits to thinking about problems the way a rocket scientist does.
Today, I am joined by Ozan Varol, a rocket scientist who formerly worked with NASA. In today’s conversation, we talk about what it means to test as you fly and fly as you test, the difference between strategies and tactics and why it matters, why it’s important to give you mental space to play, and why thinking like a rocket scientist will help you make giant leaps in your personal and professional life.
“Failure can be a great teacher if you know how to get the right lessons from it.” Tweet That— Ozan Varol
My guest today is Ozan Varol. He was born in Istanbul and, at the age of 17, he moved to the United States alone to study astrophysics.
While he was there, he served on the operations team for the Mars Exploration Rovers. If that wasn’t enough, he then pivoted and graduated first in his class from law school and earned the highest grade point average in his law school’s history.
He now teaches law as a professor and his works have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, TIME, CNN, and the Washington Post.
And, today, he is here to share some of his knowledge with us from his new book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist.
“Sometimes it’s possible for good decisions to lead to bad outcomes.” Tweet That— Ozan Varol
- Thinking practically
- Conceiving ideas
- Questioning assumptions
- Breaking down systems
- Creating new markets
- Celebrating failure
- Learning from failure
- Doing things differently
- Surviving your own success
- Thinking you’re a failure
- Reframing questions
- Generating better answers
- Making better decisions
- The worst-case scenario
- Find your breaking point
“We tend to assume breakthroughs begin with a smart answer, but they begin with a smart question.” Tweet That— Ozan Varol
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Connect with Ozan Varol
Ozan Varol is offering a special bonus for the listeners of Order of Man.
If you order Think Like a Rocket Scientist (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound) by April 21st 2020, you’ll get two amazing bonuses. Just forward your receipt to [email protected] and mention Order of Man in your email. You’ll get:
1. A video training with a behind-the-scenes look at Ozan’s productivity system. You’ll find tips on: How to defeat procrastination; minimize distractions; and get more done in less time.
2. A pack of 10, three-minute, bite-sized videos with actionable insights from the book that you can implement right away.
To learn more about the bonuses and get your copy, head over to https://ozanvarol.com/order-