I'm a huge fan of history and learning lessons from the past. In this post I share a my insights from my recent visit to the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

Success Starts With A Decision

When President JF Kennedy asked Wernher von Braun (father of rocket technology and space science in the USA) what would it take to send a man to the moon and bring him home, he replied in just 5 words:

“The will to do it.”

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Having The Will To Boldly Go

I’ve been looking at what ‘the will to do it’ actually meant, in real terms, as you can see in the pictures of me next to the Saturn V.

Saturn V is truly breathtaking in size and sheer power and was used to launch Apollo 11 to the moon…the rest is history as they say!

Can you imagine what “the will to do it” actually meant though?

In terms of resources, time, money (in excess of $40 Billion (in the 1960s))..risk, the many unknown factors of space!

It’s truly mind blowing…

Image: The Saturn V Crew Capsule visible atop the rocket.

Nigel Yates next to the Saturn V, at the Johnson Space Centre, Houston, Texas

I have more computing power in my smart phone than in the Saturn V – hard to believe…

It’s a true lesson in perspective too…

How many of us get hung up on the little things such as the daily grind, simple tasks which we put off; procrastination can be such a killer of ambition.

These simple things seem so trivial almost, I know they can be important and sometimes problematic – but I have a fresh perspective on what true scale and effort really look like.

For example, take a look at the Space Shuttle on the back of a Boeing 747…Wow!

Nigel Yates at the Johnson Space Centre, Houston

I had some insights into what it took to do that – apart from sounding like a mad-man for daring to suggest it, they went to extraordinary lengths to build and test models long before daring to try a real flight.

“The will to do it” could be the answer to almost any question about what it takes to succeed…

Doubts, fears and uncertainty so often conspire against us…defeating our will and keeping us exactly where we are…

Having the “will to do it” must start with an unequivocal decision and a specific goal (the “it” part)…

And of course, don’t be afraid to dream big and set big goals.

I’m left with one thought I want to share with you today:

Q. What does it take to succeed online?

A. The will to do it…

Nigel Yates at the Johnson Space Centre, Houston, Texas

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