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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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Lockheed Martin Generation Beyond program launches for middle school students

If you are a parent, teacher, friend, colleague, mentor, or relative of anyone in middle school who shows any interest in space travel, tell them about the Generation Beyond program from Lockheed Martin. This article from engadget gives an excellent overview of the STEM program that focuses on aerospace technologies and careers. Here is a […]


Learn how to be a rocket scientist at AIAA SciTech 2016

What if there was one thing you could do to satisfy all of these tips from How To Be a Rocket Scientist? Tip #2: Expand your concept of rocket science Tip #3: Associate with people in the field Tip #4: Read a book on rocket science Tip #6: Make a short take-off (STO) into the […]

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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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How should a rocket scientist use social media?

Social media have become an integral part of our society. As of mid-2015, there were over 1.4 BILLION ACTIVE USERS on Facebook!  LinkedIn is the dominant social media platform for professionals, with over 360 MILLION active users in early 2015.  Then there is Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, etc. etc… Should social media be an essential […]