Book Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
by Chris Hadfield

320 pages
Published by Pan; Unabridged edition

Earth and space, is there really a difference?
Chris Hadfield makes it easy for us to realise that long-term goal preparation starts from day one.

The book teaches us some valuable lessons, providing a guide from a real-life role model. Not a coach, nor a theorist, but someone who has actually experienced what it is to have a dream, face obstacles, rejection and doubts and work himself a path crafted from hard work and humility, fulfilling his aspirations.

Chosen amid excellence, rewarded with the highest qualifications and schooled at the most prestigious facilities, Hadfield confesses that it was not always obvious that he would make it as an astronaut.
He draws a positive picture of training and reveals that repetitive practice is the ultimate pattern to achieving greatness.
Being an astronaut compares to being an athlete. It requires working on knowing exactly what to do if things don’t go as planned. “Improve your odds”, according to Hadfield is what differentiates a top astronaut. That, and the will to accomplish the least glamorous tasks.

I find it far more valuable to receive life lessons of success from a human being like myself (although this one is extremely skilled and gifted). This is a book that I will re-read whenever in doubt, to fuel my motivation and find the courage to keep grinding.