Friday, October 28, 2011

Don't shortsight your goals like JFK and NASA did?

The other day, my daughter asked me, "Dad, why haven't we been back to the moon?"

What a profound question from a precocious eight-year-old.

On May 25, 1961, in response to Russia's push into the space race, President John F. Kennedy boldly announced that we (the American people) would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.  In retrospect, this seems like a worthy goal.  But it's shortsighted.  Why just land a man on the moon?  I know it was a huge feat--and one that we succeeded in--but NASA could've gone steps further by not just landing on the moon, they could've built cities on the moon where people could live and work, thriving in a new frontier.  Just simply landing on the moon is like the Wright Brothers inventing manned flight and then, once they achieved it, they did nothing with their grand invention.

Don't shortsight your own goals.  If your goal is to have your book published, that can be easily done today through the advent of self-publishing ebooks--publishing through the more traditional channels is a challenge, I humbly admit, and one I am striving hard to achieve.  But you need to look farther ahead into the future.  Do you want a career as a published author, traveling around the country, speaking at conventions, constantly marketing your work?  If it is, then take up that charge and conquer.  If not, then find out what it is you want to do and do it.  Find out your why, as Simon Sinek tells us.
Think long-term for your life's goals, then put them into action.  Today.  Right now.

In thinking again about NASA . . . what are their goals for Mars?  Hmmmm.

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