Top Ten Quotes: Think Like a Rocket Scientist
Every once in a while I get introduced to a book that I’m pretty sure I won’t like. But when my friend Bob Adams – voracious reader and fellow book nerd – passes a title along to me, I’ve learned to trust him and just shut up and read it.
That was certainly the case with Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life. I assumed the book would be filled with over-my-head analogies, but Ozan Varol (a real-life rocket scientist, by the way!) peppered the pages with fascinating and, dare I say, entertaining illustrations to drive his points home. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year.
Here are my top ten favorite quotes:
- To think like a rocket scientist is to look at the world through a different lens. Rocket scientists imagine the unimaginable and solve the unsolvable.
- If you stick to the familiar, you won’t find the unexpected.
- If we figure out what we know and what we don’t know, we contain uncertainty and reduce the fear associated with it.
- When we face uncertainty, we often manufacture excuses for not getting started.
- The status quo is a super magnet. People are biased against the way things could be and find comfort in the way things are.
- You can’t copy and paste someone else’s path to success.
- …argue for your limitations, and you get to keep them.
- What you strive for becomes your ceiling.
- Often, we fall in love with our favorite solution and then define the problem as the absence of that solution.
- The moment we think we’ve made it is the moment we stop learning and growing.
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