An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (2013).
Random House Canada, Toronto ON Canada and published simultaneously in the United States by Little, Brown and Company, New York NY USA and in the United Kingdom by Pan Macmillan, London England.
At age nine, when Chris Hadfield watched the Apollo moon landing with his family in a tiny community in Ontario Canada, he decided to be an astronaut. Even at age nine, he knew it was impossible. There was no such thing as a Canadian astronaut.
Nine-year-old Chris decided that, even though his dream was impossible, he would “think like an astronaut.” Fast forward. In 2013, he served as Commander of the International Space Station, the culmination of a distinguished 26-year career that included three space missions. While orbiting earth for five months, he captivated millions of people around the world with stunning photos, Twitter feeds and commentary from space.
In An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, he shows how we earthbound humans can use astronaut thinking to achieve success and happiness in our lives. Astronaut training turns some popular wisdom on its head. For example, instead of visualizing success, astronauts prepare for the worst, sweat the small stuff and care what people think.
He had me from the first page. Filled with dramatic incidents, humour and humility, this book is not just the inspiring story of one man’s journey but is filled with wisdom and practical techniques for life on earth. Not only was my perspective expanded (reading about being outside in the universe will do that!) but I felt even more committed to my mission and dreams. Perhaps you will too.