Monday, July 7, 2014
Book Report #98 - An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield.
Page count - 282
Sticking to space I decided some non-fiction would be a nice choice. I've been a fan of Hadfield's for a while now. There are only a handful of Canadian astronauts out there; he made the best of his career and simply glowed Candian-ness.
The book itself is just wonderful. It was not what I expected - a simple memoir explaining his career. More valuable, to the reader, he explained his attitude and work ethic. It wasn't just about his accomplishments but how he did little things; how hard work, determination and a willingness to simply do what is needed were the keys to his success.
His positive and simple message made me feel like I was not living up to my potential. I decided to emulate his attitude and started to "sweat the small stuff" and to "aim to be a zero" which are the titles to two chapters that made strong impressions on me.
There is plenty of space stuff to keep anybody interested in space exploration happy but the personal ethics presented make this book special.
Below is a YouTube clip promoting the book. It does a good job of showing the value of reading it.
Chris Hadfield's Wiki page is HERE