We can watch them and marvel, or we can ride them to the stars.
John Glenn rode them.
He piloted human innovation at the cutting edge and was rewarded with the wonder of seeing four sunsets in a day.
“I suppose the one quality in an astronaut more powerful than any other is curiosity. They have to get some place nobody’s ever been.”- John Glenn
If you want to innovate, go where someone else has never been. Make the trail. Make your way. Explore. Prototype. Test. Don’t just dip your toe into the water. Dive into the waves.
“We used to joke about canned men, putting people in a can and seeing how far you can send them and bring them back. That’s not the purpose of this program… Space is a laboratory, and we go into it to work and learn the new.” – John Glenn
Be part of the experience. Empathize. Understand. The New begets The New.
“To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.” – John Glenn
Multiple possibilities exist. Don’t try and predict it. In the certain-ness of uncertainty, Make the Future.
“Fear connotes something that interferes with what you’re doing.” – John Glenn
Fear blinds. Fear creates hesitation. The New is needed, now. The world needs you to be fearless.
“I’m not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: ‘live-acy.’ I’m more interested in living.” – John Glenn
Live. Don’t look back. Look forward. Look up, down, left, right, and within.
“We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.” – John Glenn
Learn. Learn what works, what doesn’t, and why. Learn from great teachers.
Be a great teacher of Innovation!
God Speed on Wings of Angels, John Glenn.
“Old folks have dreams and ambitions too, like everybody else. Don’t sit on a couch someplace” – John Glenn, July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016