Make Your Mark
“You’re crazy. The moon!?
You want to…. walk …. on the moon!? “
“Don’t reach too far, and don’t dream too big.”
“Don’t be crazy kid”
Skepticism and disdain are the sentiment of the mediocre.
But maybe you are crazy.
Maybe you are crazy- if you dream of making a mark with your life.
Maybe you are crazy- if you’re passionate about challenging the status quo.
If you believe that you can make the world a better place- maybe you are exactly the right amount of crazy to read further.
When Neil Armstrong took that iconic first step onto the surface of the moon a maxim rang out of his mouth and I imagine it resonates with you.
“One small step for man, one giant leap forward for mankind”
The reason it resonates with you is because it’s not simply an answer on a history exam.
It’s an exhortation of purpose. “Take a leap forward!”
It’s astonishing that the Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969 with a computer [Apollo Guidance Computer] that had 16million times less memory than a $6 Usb drive. It’s astonishing that the Apollo 11 traveled 356,000 km of space from the Earth to the Moon and returned safely all with a computer that processed 32 thousand times slower than an iPhone.
But what is really astonishing is of the 700 million iPhones sold worldwide, there are millions of people who own a device that is more sophisticated than the Apollo 11 and yet lead a life with no propulsion, never taking off towards the seemingly impossible and never making an impact.
It’s a defiance that put man on the moon- a defiance of gravity. It’s defiance of common thought, of traditional notions, and of the belief in the impossible that makes those crazy enough to think they can change the world change the world.
With dedication, with an unrelenting will and by utilizing the tools available the craziness inside of you can become a definitive quality that is necessary to a life of fulfillment, significance, and history shattering achievement.
The moon is not too far for you. Someone has already taken the small step, now it’s time for you to take that giant leap.
For more info on the Apollo 11 computer limitations read this article from ComputerWeekly