An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of... show more
Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it.
In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Col. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks, and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement-and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff.
You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Col. Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth-especially your own.
Publish date: 29-10-2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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I finished this book earlier this year, and I've thought about it quite a lot. I must confess it did take me a long time to finish it, maybe a couple of months, but I wouldn't say that was a bad thing – it was more the kind of book you pick up once in a while, read a chapter, and put down satisfied....
I really enjoyed this book that was part memoir and part practical advice on how to approach life and work. I loved the stories about his time in space and the preparation that goes into it. I also appreciated his advice about living in the moment and being prepared for every potentiality in life....
While the self-help book aspect doesn't really gel for me on a personal level, it did help organise the book, and saved it from being Yet Another Astronaut Biography. Mostly it makes the book a comprehensive discussion of how astronauts are trained and why, how the shuttle and the space station work...
Chris Hadfield's book "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" was an amazing read that I couldn't put down. Surprisingly, there were a lot of things that I learned through reading Hadfield's book. There were a lot of motivational moments throughout and plenty of opportunities to reflect on my own ...