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Putting a man on the moon

In 1961, John F Kennedy announced that the Americans will put a man on the moon by the end of that decade, and the proverbial moon shot was born.

While this decade did see man landing on the Moon for the first time, it also saw an unprecedented activity in Science, Engineering and Research & Development in general. The foundations for many key technological advances, most notably the Internet, were laid in this decade.

Even though putting the man on the moon was a lofty and ambitious goal, achieving it wasn't the only thing that was important. It is the kind of work that people were willing to do and the boundaries they were willing to push that personified that decade, eventually culminating in the end result of man landing on the Moon.

Even if after all that effort, we had failed to land on the Moon, it would have been a blow for sure, but all the advances made and the work that was done would still be useful in other areas of our lives. Which they proved to be the case. The actual moon landing was the delicious cherry on top.

Likewise, we are often told to stop dreaming or to be more realistic when we go out and state that we want to be a billionaire, or the president / prime minister of our country.

As Jim Rohn says, "The greatest reward in becoming a billionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a billionaire."

When we set ourselves moon shot goals and pursue them seriously, whether we achieve them or not, we turn into different people in the process than what we are today. And very often, that change will be for the better.

The other side of this coin is that without the moon shot goals, we will not change drastically (for the better). Instead of saying that the Americans will put a man on the moon by the end of that decade, if John F Kennedy had instead said that the economy would grow by 5% every year that decade, we would likely have not seen the same level of improvements and advances.

It isn't achieving the moon shot itself that matters that much, but the people we will grow into in order to make that happen.

To see a drastic improvement in yourself, make sure you have a moon shot to go after.

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