What I learned from an Astronaut

Sasha Eslami
Aug 10, 2015 · 5 min read
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My name is Sasha, & I’m the co-founder of Eversnap Photography.

This was a surprisingly interesting biography of a Canadian astronaut who decided to become an astronaut when he was 9 years old and did every possible decision in his life towards his goal. Here are some of my learnings:


1. Love the Journey

You may never achieve your big goal, but if you love the journey to your goal, you will live a happy and fulfilled life.

Odds of Chris becoming an astronaut where 0 to none. When he was born in 1959 there were no Canadian Astronauts ever.

Everyone knows as a startupper, the journey is tough. But also there’s an incredible amount of joy in pursuing your dream, your goal, and not selling out to short-term highs. It makes you feel alive!

2. You’re always getting ahead if you are learning.

It’s never advancement VS. enjoyment. They always come together.

3. Always be Prepared

As a last-minute, make-it-happen kind of person, this is something that I’ve personally always struggled with. But I’ve noticed as I’m getting older and more experienced, I’m doing a lot more planning.

As an astronaut, for every day of being in space, Chris has to spend many years studying, researching, and experimenting all the different scenarios and situations that could happen while being in space. Even though very rarely any of those situations happen, he still needs to be prepared. He says the term “Just in case” many times throughout the book.

People say, “why should I get prepared for something that might never happen, whereas I can focus my energy on something that can add value today?” Chris talks about how preparedness relieves anxiety. Even if you prepare for things that you never have to do, just the fact that it relieves your general level of anxiety, that by itself makes the preparation useful.

4. Keep your Cool

As I have discovered again and again, things are never as bad (or as good) as they seem at the time.

5. Loneliness is a mindset

6. Are you a 0, +1, or -1?

7. Help others look good

Make others successful and you even more successful than the alternative.

A super-amazing book on this subject is: Give and Take by Adam Grant! HIGHLY recommended!

If you liked this quick summary, I’d really appreciate it if you click “Recommend” below.

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