As a young girl, fascinated by science and outer-space, Dr Mae Jemison dreamed of the day she’d transcend the confines of our planet and explore the beyond. She pursued this dream for thirty years and was the first woman of colour to achieve the honour. Following this feat, she also went to becoming an area peace corps officer in Sierra Leone & Liberia. Today, she is part of the 100 Year Starship project, an initiative dedicated to identifying and pushing the radical leaps in knowledge and technology needed to achieve interstellar flight. Although most of us are far from “rocket scientists”, her message had nuggets of wisdom, applicable in any field.
There's no substitute for hard work. We need to work towards what we want. The future doesn’t just "happen", our actions have consequences and significantly impact our lives.
Wei ji, the Chinese character for crisis is a combination of opportunity and danger. The real question is whether fear will overpower your desire to achieve or vice versa.
The challenges of human interstellar flight mirrors the challenges that we face on this planet today