Today on Q
, Jian chats with recently retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield
, who returned to terra firma earlier this year
after living aboard the International Space Station for five months.
We've had a chance to read his new memoir, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
, and carefully selected 6 quotes to prove that, yes, Hadfield has stellar advice for we earth-bound beings.
"I picture the most demanding challenge; I visualize what I would need to know how to do to meet it; then I practice until I reach a level of competence where I'm comfortable I'll be able to perform."
"It's puzzling to me that so many self-help gurus urge people to visualize victory and stop there... Anticipating problems and figuring out how to solve them is the opposite of worrying: it's productive. Likewise, coming up with a plan of action isn't a waste of time if it gives you peace of mind."
Three."Early success is a terrible teacher. You're essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must prepare, you can't do it. You don't know how."
Four."You can choose to wallow in misery, or you can focus on what's best for the group (hint: it's never misery). In my experience, searching for ways to lighten the mood is never a waste of time."
Five."In any new situation, whether it involves an elevator or a rocket ship, you will almost certainly be viewed in one of three ways. As a minus one: actively harmful, someone who creates problems. Or as a zero: your impact is neutral and doesn't tip the balance one way or the other. Or you'll be seen as a plus one: someone who actively adds value. Everyone wants to be a plus one, of course. But proclaiming your plus-oneness at the outset almost guarantees you'll be perceived as a minus one, regardless of the skills you bring to the table or how you actually perform."
Six."If you start thinking that only your biggest and shiniest moments count, you're setting yourself up to feel like a failure most of the time. Personally, I'd rather feel good most of the time, so to me, everything counts: the small moments, the medium ones, the successes that make the papers and also the ones that no one knows about but me."