An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
A pretty good and inspiring autobiography by Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut.
As I have discovered again and again, things are never as bad (or as good) as they seem at the time.
Like most astronauts, I’m pretty sure that I can deal with what life throws at me because I’ve thought about what to do if things go wrong, as well as right. That’s the power of negative thinking.
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.
How do you get 30 drunk Canadians out of a pool? You say, “Please get out of the pool.”
I also know that most people, including me, tend to applaud the wrong things: the showy, dramatic record-setting sprint rather than the years of dogged preparation or the unwavering grace displayed during a string of losses.