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Setting your trajectory for 2017

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!  First off, I must apologize and ask forgiveness for a long absence here on the blog for How to Be a Rocket Scientist.  I hope your 2016 was a happy, healthy, and rewarding year. Mine was full of adventure… some intentional and some unexpected. I had to devote a […]

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How to be a rocket scientist in 2016

Are you wondering how to be a rocket scientist in 2016?  It’s time for us to enter a brand new year!  I hope you are ready for it. What if you turned this dream into a goal?  A goal is just a dream with a deadline, after all. And what if you turned this goal […]


3 ancient Chinese secrets to help you get an aerospace job 6

Over the past two weeks, I have been enjoying more videos from FightMediocrity on YouTube.  The owner and creator makes animated summarizes of books that he reads.  They aren’t ever a straightforward summary of the book.  Instead, he pulls examples or analogies from his own life or modern times to help illustrate the major points […]

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Learn the 7 habits of highly effective people in under 7 minutes 4

Whether you want to be a rocket scientist or anything else that requires hard work and persistence, success will come when you consistently do the right things to move yourself effectively toward your goals.

A friend of mine and subscriber to this blog (hi David!) referred me to a fantastic YouTube channel called FightMediocrity.  The owner of this channel, Rodney, creates animated summaries of famous and influential books.  Thanks very much for the connection, David!

One of these books, which I’ve also read many years ago and credit to many of my successful habits and results, is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.  If you haven’t ever read this book, I highly recommend it. (Stay tuned for an Amazon link.)  You will get an effective and entertaining summary of the book in under 7 minutes by watching the video below.

If you have read the book, I still recommend watching this video as effective positive reinforcement of these powerful principles!

This blog post has been brought to you by Tip #7 from How To Be a Rocket Scientist: 

Use free and informal educational resources!

Thanks for reading, for watching, and for your dedicated interest to do something remarkable in the amazing world of aerospace or aviation!

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San Antonio is showing the power of Tip #3: Associate with People in the Field

Competition is fierce in the economy.  This applies to us at the individual level, the organizational level, and at the geographic level. For example, there was fierce competition between many cities to obtain one of the initial six FAA-authorized UAV test sites.  Now each of these sites is serving as a regional business incubator and […]

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Weeding out vs growing a seed

This week I had the pleasure and privilege of having a thoughtful discussion with two leaders at a local university.  We were talking about education, specifically for aviation and aerospace. One of them, who happened to be the President of this University, made a great analogy to describe two different approaches or attitude in education.  […]


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9 ways to overcome the Catch-22 of no job and no experience 4

Let’s talk about a big challenge in the highly technical field of aerospace.  In fact, this applies to a lot of technical fields. You can’t get a job without experience…yet you can’t get experience without a job! That’s the Catch-22 dilemma facing many graduates.  It’s also a Catch-22 for professionals who want to make a […]


A little humor can inspire a long career trajectory 2

It’s time for another Fun Friday post.  Let’s talk about those motivational posters and billboards…you know what I mean.  I do actually believe that positive motivation (or “brain food” as I call it) is essential to be happy and successful.  For us as individuals and as organizations. But sometimes (too often) these posters for company […]

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One of the best rocket science movies is October Sky

I love movies that relate to aerospace and rocket science!  I’m wondering if there is anyone passionate about flight who doesn’t have a movie that has deeply inspired and moved them…. There are several features that make October Sky (which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern) one of the all-time greatest rocket science movies: It […]