An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth

By: Chris Hadfield


Col. Chris Hadfield is a Canadian Astronaut who’s brain is filled with as much practical wisdom as it is rocket science. The book chronicles his journey to becoming an astronaut, his time as commander of the international space station, and his life afterward. You might know him from his YouTube video “Space Oddity” which he covers David Bowie’s famous song while aboard the ISS. If you haven’t, look it up, the visuals are awesome. With chapters such as The Power of Negative Thinking, Sweat the Small Stuff, and Aim to be a zero, it’s pretty obvious this book is an interesting read. His approach to life seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but he makes a very good case. For example, in chapter 3 he says “anticipating problems and figuring out how to solve them is actually the opposite of worrying: it’s productive.” I also loved all the down to Earth (pun intended) experiences that he talks about. One of the duties of an astronaut has while not in space is to take care of the families of the astronauts who are away. This means taking Starbucks orders, picking up grandpas from airports, and smiling and nodding with aunts as they go on political rants. Chris Hadfield has a truly humble outlook on life, and I encourage you to read this book.

Favorite Quote: People tend to think astronauts have the courage of a superhero – or maybe the emotional range of a robot. But in order to stay calm in a high-stress, high-stakes situation, all you really need is knowledge.

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