It is a big space theme this week; with the release of Star Wars, the Force Awakens and the first ‘official’ British Astronaut, Major Tim Peake to blast off to the International Space Station. Over 40 years ago, I doubt Tim Peake’s parents, or, George Lucas could dare dream what might become possible.
Reach for the Stars: An inspirational saying encouraging us to aim high and take every opportunity.
Major Tim Peake has certainly done this. In an interview with Tim’s parents, his father said ‘it isn't about getting the highest grades, or being top of the class', as it seems Tim was weaker in these areas. Nigel Peake, put it down to his son’s ‘strength of character’ that helped him secure a place on the European Space Agency programme.
His Mother went on to say that ‘even when things did not come naturally, or, he was last, he’d keep plugging away'. Read the Independent interview here
Giving it a go, showing up and doing your best, these are things we are encouraged to do all the time, yet how many of us do? As recruitment consultants we regularly see possible opportunities wasted. The amount of potential applicants/interviewees who fail to show up, or, effectively prepare for their pre-arranged meetings still amazes us.
A lack of opportunity is one of the biggest reasons cited in work, as well as other areas of life, as to why we are unable to achieve our goals, or reach our potential. You have to wonder how much opportunity presents itself that we actually miss, decide against, or just ignore?
Has anyone seen the film Bruce Almighty? Bruce, played by Jim Carrey, is travelling in his car pleading to G..., becoming more and more frustrated, when he receives nothing in response, yet he is totally oblivious to sign after sign advising him of the obstacles and alternative route ahead.
How much opportunity did Tim Peake, or George Lucas pass by do you think?
We would like to wish Tim Peake all the very best for his amazing journey and stay in space, it is utterly inspirational. For everyone else; Reach For The Stars and take every opportunity that presents itself, who knows where we might end up……..
May the force be with you!