THINK LIKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST

THINK LIKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST
Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life
The race to the moon generated a new set of nine main principles which would later be termed "critical thinking skills" which the rocket scientists used to pull off what seemed impossible. Just like a rocket, these principles can be batched into three stages:
1st stage – Launch – Principles 1 - 4
2nd stage – Accelerate – Principles 5 - 7
3rd stage – Achieve – Principles 8 - 9
1. BE COMFORTABLE WITH UNCERTAINTY
2. REASON FROM FIRST PRINCIPLES
3. USE THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS
4. FIND MOONSHOTS – RADICAL IDEAS
5. REFRAME YOUR QUESTIONS
6. FLIP-FLOP TO SMARTER DECISIONS
7. TEST AS YOU FLY, FLY AS YOU TEST
8. NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE FAILURE
9. NOTHING FAILS LIKE SUCCESS
To think like a rocket scientist, you first have to ignite your thinking. This will be a matter of using uncertainty to your advantage, and having the discipline to always reason from first principles. You also need to avoid the status quo's invisible rules which constrain your thinking, and look for the elegance that comes from subtracting rather than adding all the time. Rocket scientists, businesses, and world-class performers have always used thought experiments and moonshot thinking to come up with original ideas, and you should too.
Once you've generated some original ideas in the first stage, you then need to propel your ideas forward and see which can stand on their own two feet. The best way to do that is by reframing your questions to open up more possibilities, and by testing and experimenting like a rocket scientist. Astronauts train for years to be able to respond immediately to worst case scenarios, and you should take that as a clue for your own success.
The third and final stage involves learning that unlocking your full potential is alwaysa mix of successes and failures. The world might be in love with the "Fail fast, fail often" mantra but don't forget the aim is to figure out what works, and then to take full advantage of that. Top performers know uninterrupted success is a warningsign and respond appropriately.
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