921: Overcoming Failure and Achieving the Impossible with Astronaut Mike Massimino

How to Be Awesome at Your Job

07-12-2023 • 45分

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino shares powerful insights on how to push past failure and achieve the impossible.


1) The 30-second rule for dealing with failure.

2) The trick to getting along with people you dislike.

3) The most important lesson Mike learned while in space.

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Mike Massimino served as a NASA Astronaut from 1996-2014 and flew in space twice for the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. He became the first human to tweet from space, was the last human to work inside of Hubble, and set a team record with his crewmates for the most cumulative spacewalking time in a single space shuttle mission. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is an engineering professor at Columbia and an advisor at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

He is a frequent expert guest and has been called the real-life astronaut who inspired George Clooney’s role in the movie “Gravity.”

• Book: Moonshot: A NASA Astronaut’s Guide to Achieving the Impossible

• LinkedIn: Michael Massimino

• Website: MikeMassimino.com


• Book: A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

• Book: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

• Book: The Stars: A New Way to See Them by H.A. Rey

• Author: Brian Greene


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