Yesterday is a day that I will never forget. I found myself glued in front of my laptop waiting to watch the launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. Even though the takeoff was delayed, twice due to weather conditions, the anticipation was something that I haven’t felt in a long time. It was comparable to a young child waiting for Christmas Day to arrive. I found myself counting down the last 10 seconds aloud, in my office, with all the SpaceX team online. Before you know it, “We have lift off”. The world’s most powerful rocket was active and soaring to the heavens.
It wasn’t just the rocket launch that made this an amazing day, we saw a regular person follow their passions and dreams, while having fun with it. The payload in the Falcon Heavy Rocket was his own Cherry Red Tesla Roadster, which was the first car in Space ever in history. What makes it even better is that he had a mannequin the driver’s seat, in Spacex's new Space suit, heading to Mars. Yes, you heard me correctly. Talk about captivating your imagination. This vehicle will be floating in Space cruising our solar system for potentially hundreds of years. Simply amazing!
What also made this day so special is the level of transparency that SpaceX provided to the press sharing all of their mishaps with failed rockets crashing / exploding prior to this historic day. There were several times that Elon myself said leading up to the launch that:
"People [came] from all around the world, to see what will either be a great rocket launch or the best fireworks display they've ever seen."
As observers, we usually get to see the final product but tend to forget about the time that was required to get to that point in time. The third rocket returning to Earth did not land successfully and exploded, which you could tell that they were disappointed. However, Elon mentioned that they are hoping to share that footage with the public. You just don’t see CEOs and other executives taking such a casual approach to such an elaborate project like this because they are concerned about their reputation and their brand. It a great leadership quality that I am not sure that I have seen before.
What did I take away from this moment?
To be blunt about it. I saw a man yesterday follow this passion and build the world’s most powerful rocket and sent his own manufactured electric car to travel Space and send it around Mars. Who thinks and can say something like that? If that’s not inspirational, I’m not sure what will.
It does make me wonder about our own inspirations, and what is the legacy that we want to leave on this planet? Most of us the ideas and visions on how we can make the world a better place. I know some people will say, “Well James, look at the money that he has”. But, he started somewhere building up to this moment. If Elon Musk and SpaceX didn’t have that bold vision to take that personal responsibility to get to Space, we would still be waiting to on our local governments to make it happen. Their vision is beginning to plan trips to the Moon and Mars within the next four years. Yes, you heard it correctly.
What would you like to accomplish in the next three to four years?
What you would like to accomplish, that could change the lives around you, in the next three to four years? It doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be impactful. Get the paper and pen ready and start planning! Just like the saying in the picture below, which is a real picture taken from the actual Tesla Roadster in space, “DON’T PANIC”. Big ideas take time, and don't be so hard on yourself. It's ever step forward that matters.
Think big, be creative, and live long and prosper!
Click on the links below for the launch and the mishaps with previous rockets prior to this great day in history. The second video has been created by SpaceX and see how they add humour to share their growing pains. Enjoy!