Motivated By The Moon


The documentary In the Shadow of the Moon came out in 2007.  I’ve always loved to watch the trailer when I need self motivation and it is a great team building tool.  Watch the above trailer and ask yourself how it applies to your life and career.  Below are some excerpts I’ve noted from the video:

  • “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man of the moon, and returning him safely from space.” – John F Kennedy, Jr.
    • Individuals (and especially leaders) must provide vision, stretch goals, and those goals need to be time driven.  Sometimes the goals seem impossible, but everything is possible under the right circumstances.
  • “And that was a bold move, it had some risky aspects to it. But it was a time when we made bold moves.”
    • My favorite quote of the trailer.  Think about what you really want to achieve in life and go for it no matter how big or small it may be.  Don’t let your fears define who you are.
  • I had a feeling the whole world was watching us. Not only do I have a lot of things I can do wrong, but the consequences should I do them wrong are be immediately obvious to 3 billion people.”
    • Make sure when you are doing something big in life to think things through so you can do your best when everyone is watching.
  • “And then it dawned on me from an emotional point of view, that we are going to go to the moon.”
    • Don’t forget to enjoy life along the way.
  • “People instead of saying “well you Americans did it”, everywhere they said “we did it…we the human race…we people did it…and I thought that was a beautiful thing.”
    • When you attempt big things in life it is great to have the support of others.  Don’t let people stop you from achieving your dream should they say you can’t accomplish something you want in life.  There is no “I” in TEAM.
  • “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
    • What you do in life may seem small to you but everyone is capable of doing amazing things.  If you live life right you can not only do things that positively impact yourself, but also others.

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