How to climb into the top 1% of rocket scientists 2

It’s amazing what you can do in today’s world when you make a decision to do it.  No permission or authority needed!

That’s what Jake Voorhees did when he decided to start his 1% Engineer Show on Youtube.

We hear about “top 1%” in our culture today, usually with disdain and envy.

But wouldn’t we all love to be in the top 1% of our field, whatever that is?

There’s nothing to be ashamed about if you want to be successful. Somebody has to be the best. The top of the top.

Somebody has to be the go-to person that everybody wants to have on their team.


I think this is an important and essential vision to strive for.

That’s why I was happy to be told about Jake’s 1% Engineer YouTube channel. And I enjoy watching it. He is obviously very passionate and enthusiastic about helping other people become highly successful engineers.

Eventually, he got around to interview an aerospace engineer.  He found a woman who talked about how to get a job at Lockheed Martin.  If you want to have a career in aerospace, you need to watch this video with Jake and Alicia Morgan:


After you watch the video, please come back here and tell me what you thought with a comment below.

You’ll probably want to subscribe to Jake’s YouTube channel so you can get notified when he has new videos.  You’ll find a large number of videos that are worth watching.  They will keep you busy (and entertained) for a long time.  Much better than watching Russian dash cam videos which tend to suck me in when I’m on YouTube. 😉

Do’n’t forget to check out Alicia’s website at

What did you learn from watching the video?  Please let me know with a comment below.

Thanks for your interest in how to be a rocket scientist!  If you are going to pursue a career in aerospace, aim for the top 1%!

About Brett Rocket Scientist

Brett creates artful work in engineering, ideas, and innovation. In addition to 2 degrees, 3 patents, and over 15 years experience in aerospace engineering, he is the author of several books to foster STEM careers. He volunteers his time and skills as an officer with professional societies.

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2 thoughts on “How to climb into the top 1% of rocket scientists

  • Charles Gervasi

    I like the topic, but I can’t stand the modern way of producing video. I know this is the way to make videos in our time, but it feels jumpy and jarring. It’s easy to be dismissive and say “kids today can’t concentration”. That’s not true. But they definitely like an editing style that I find difficult to watch.

    I agree with the content. Another point I would add is if you’re genuinely energized by technology and you show up to work on time, having had some exercise that week, rested, having eaten decently, and eager to work, you’re ahead of most people. Then getting to the 1% is really tough. But you can get to the top half just by showing up and taking it seriously, which itself is difficult to do consistently as life throws things your way.

    I agree with the tenor of the video of shooting for excellence.

    • Brett Rocket Scientist Post author

      Thanks for the comment Charles. It’s probably our age – I’d also prefer a more stable and mellow video presentation but I try to focus on the content.
      You make good points that having some very fundamental habits with work ethic, people relations, and personal care can instantly put you above average. I agree 100% with that. Thanks again for watching the video and leaving your feedback. Brett