Monday, April 22, 2013

What To Accomplish?

In my last post, I talked about the usefulness of dedicating one's life toward a goal.  I then intentionally left my answer somewhat ambiguous.  Do I dedicate my life toward my goals or not?  Is it worth it?  Do I risk losing out on what other things life has to offer?  Maybe, maybe not.  First, let's discuss what the goals are.  For that, I'm going to take a strategic business approach; I find it a useful way to organize my thoughts on this matter.

All of the successful business have an overall vision statement.  This vision statement is the ideal world the business, or person, wants to operate in.  It's the way they want the world to be.  It's what they want to work toward.  Over a month ago, I crafted a person vision statement.

Forever upward and onward, for all humanity.

I want to see humanity reach for the stars, both figuratively and literally.  I don't want humanity to be a one planet wonder, just to be wiped out by a rogue asteroid.  As Neil deGrasse Tyson once said, "Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program".  We have both of those things, yet we are very much in danger of getting wiped out.  "The number of people in the world engaged in this search [for catastrophic impactors] totals one or two dozen. How long into the future are you willing to protect Homo sapiens on Earth? Before you answer that question, take a detour to Arizona's Meteor Crater during your next vacation."

After creating a vision statement, one needs a mission statement on how they are going to work toward that vision.  Remember that you not have to reach that vision; perhaps it's a vision that will be reach by future generation or, in the case of a business, a future CEO, if ever.  I have recently created a mission statement, though I may still tweek it a bit. 

Be part in establishing a permanent presence on the moon as a stepping stone to further exploration.

Note that it does not say which role I should play.  That is very much up for debate.  Believe it or not, I thought about trying to become an astronaut for a time.  I even made plans on how to achieve that.  But I've always been best in a support role rather than a leading role.  For now, I'm leading my exact role open while I work toward my degrees.

After creating a basic mission statement, I set up several mutually supportive goals, in no particular order.


Goal 1:  Turn public opinion in favor of space exploration in general, and lunar development in particular.
Goal 2:  Turn corporate opinion in favor of space exploration in general, and lunar development in particular.
Goal 3:  Become the most knowledgeable authority on the moon, from every angle. (history, geology, geography, chemically)
Goal 4:  Become one of the most knowledgeable authorities on space exploration. (top 10%)
Goal 5:  Create a series of missions to develop, maintain, and expand a lunar base; use ISS as example.
Goal 6:  Maintain physical ability, mental ability, and skill set to be capable of being an astronaut.
 
The first goal aims to get the average person interested enough in space exploration and lunar development in order to catch the notice of the politicians.  The second is for increasing corporate investments in the space industry.  The third is a more personal one that grants me a currently undefined role in future lunar development.  The fourth grants me an also undefined role in space exploration in general.  Number five gives me a very concrete knowledge base about what it will take to develop, maintain, and expand a lunar base.  The last goal makes it possible for me to become a payload specialist (a non-astronaut selected to go into space for a special purpose) in the off chance they need an expert to go there.  

Throughout it all, I'm leaving my options very much open.  The space degrees I've been looking at, both the Bachelors and the Mastery, will give me a great foundation.  Beyond that, it'll be up to me.  I'm looking at supplementary classes, certificates, and degrees that will help as well, but the cornerstone will be these two degrees.  Once these are complete, I'll begin moving toward my new industry.  I may work for NASA (which has some useful programs), a private corporation, or do something else.  Right now, I want to get moving in these degrees.  My first class starts two weeks from today, and I've very excited to get started.


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