As Neil Armstrong took those monumental first steps, 240,000 miles away, back on Earth, one 9-year-old boy's curiosity ignited. A young Chris Hadfield knew, without a doubt, he wanted to be an astronaut. There was just one problem; he was Canadian. There had never been a Canadian astronaut before and still wouldn't be for another 15 years. That didn't stop Chris though; from that day on every decision he made was with his dream in mind.
We all have a far-out dream like Chris like starting a business or publishing a book; however, Col. Hadfield is special. He is the embodiment of focus and discipline; just like all astronauts, for each mission he was required to train for years at a time. The advice he gives isn’t bland or corny, he aims to teach readers how to find practical solutions to their problems. His book takes us through the decades of training and rigorous preparation, his brief but spectacular time in space, and his final return to Earth.
Chris is regarded by many as the “Common Man's Astronaut” bringing us dazzling pictures of Earth from the ISS and showing the world how an astronaut gets through a normal day in space without any gravity. Below are a few of his most popular videos.
One of the main themes in his autobiography is being content. He writes, "Since the odds of becoming an astronaut were nonexistent, I knew it would be pretty silly to hang my sense of self-worth on it. My attitude was more, 'It's probably not going to happen, but I should do things that keep me moving in the right direction, just in case -- and I should be sure those things interest me, so that whatever happens, I'm happy.'"
Even if you don't end up reading his book, I encourage you to watch his TED Talk; it manages to condense his philosophy and lifestyle into a compact message. Thank you for inspiring the rest of us, Colonel Hadfield.