Life is full of hard-learned lessons. We all know that. But it’s been said that, “A smart man learns from his mistakes, a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” That’s why this podcast is so powerful – because we get to hear from incredible men doing incredible things who can teach us things that would be painful, delayed, and expensive to find out ourselves.
And, I can think of few men as qualified to do so as former NASA Astronaut, Mike Massimino. Today, Mike and I talk about some of his best lessons learned in the NASA program and in space including, “no one leaves the pool until everyone passes the test,” learning to adjust to life and your goals along the way, what was different about NASA astronaut candidates that made them successful, knowing when to pivot and break a few rules, and how to achieve the seemingly impossible.
“If you really understand something, you ought to be able to explain it to anyone.” Tweet That— Mike Massimino
Mike Massimino is a former NASA Astronaut with multiple trips to space with a total of nearly 24 days spent outside of our earth’s atmosphere. He is now a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University and the senior advisor for space programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum.
He holds a Masters in mechanical engineering from Columbia and a PhD from MIT and is the first man to tweet from space (we talk a little bit about that in today’s conversation). He is also a New York Times Bestselling author with his last book, Spaceman, and has recently written a new book, Moonshot: An Astronaut’s guide to Achieving the Impossible.
- Mike Massimino’s books Moonshot and Spaceman
- What it takes to be an astronaut
- Space isn’t always glamorous
- Passion and dedication
- Military culture
- If you really understand something, you should be able to communicate it to anybody
- No one leaves the pool until everyone passes the test
- Hubble space telescope missions
New Year’s Resolutions
It’s that time of year where every man starts thinking about how 2024 is going to be better than 2023. And, while I judge no man who is working to improve his life any time of year, I want next year to better to you than this year was.
But the only way that is going to work is if you do something different than you’ve done. And, I’ve got two resource that will provide just that for you.
The first is our free Battle Ready program. When you join this free program, you’ll unlock access to 17 emails that are going to work you through a program that is guaranteed to change your life (if you do the work). Second, is our brotherhood, The Iron Council. This brotherhood will put your efforts on hyperdrive as you’ll work closely alongside 1,000+ other men who are collectively and individually working to achieve their version of, “The Impossible.”
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