Think Like a Rocket Scientist Summary – January 2022

Author: Ozan Varol

Short Summar
Think Like a Rocket Scientist (2020) motivates us to think creatively, be creative and make a difference in the World. Moreover, the writer being a rocket scientist shared his strategies which can be beneficial for us in our daily life as well as professional life.
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Detailed Summary

The book Think like a Rocket Scientist is written by Ozan Varol, a rocket scientist. He was a former member of 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers.

In his book, Varol teaches you to be passionate about your dreams. His idea of achieving goals is to be creative and think differently. He has shared his life story when he was a seven-year-old kid. He got his first LEGO set and tried building it but was not able to do it. Then he started reading instructions and try building them through those instructions. Finally, he was able to solve the problem and build the LEGO set. Through this LEGO set, he got inspired by the process of problem-solving. He liked how he thought critically about building the LEGO set and he successfully completed it.

Since then, he started using the critical thinking and problem-solving methods in his daily life. Even when he became a rocket scientist, he used them and realised that these are an important part of the success.

Think like a Rocket Scientist Key Points

Be creative, be unique

The author tells us that if you want to become successful and want to make a difference in the World, trust your creativity. Don’t be an average person, be extra-ordinary.

Extra-ordinary people never follow crowd. They make their own path and follow it. People who follow what everyone is doing will never be able to create something unique on their own.

Author shares Elon Musk journey of creating SpaceX. In the beginning he thought that he cannot afford to create SpaceX which required $20 millions. He got really demotivated. But then he thought he can make it himself. He started working on it and manufactured everything himself without spending any money. He was able to create a rocket himself.

This teaches us that we can accomplish our goals by just thinking differently and trusting the process. When we trust our skills, nothing can stop us to reach our goals.

Focus on your skills and be passionate

The author in his book Think like a Rocket Scientist shares his story of how passionately he wanted to go to space and become an astronaut.

Varol says that one day he was randomly scrolling through reddit ad he saw that NASA is accepting applications for astronauts. He randomly applied for it considering that he was qualified for it. Nobody believed in him when he told them about it. They laughed it away.

He then accepted the fact that he just wants to go to space but is not ready to face the challenges and is not ready for the hard astronaut trainings.

So, he should first train himself for that. Here he is giving a lesson that train yourself and make yourself eligible for that particular position. But this doesn’t mean you should stop trying.

Learn from your failures

The writer says that learn from your mistakes and failures not only when are failing but also when you are doing well.  Failure is a part of success. All you have to make sure is to learn from those mistakes and never give up.

To advocate this statement, the writer gives us the example of James Dyson who failed 5,126 times but never stopped trying. And after thousands of failed attempts, he finally perfected his innovative bagless vacuum.

The journey of James Dyson is inspiring enough to try hard and never get demotivated by your failures. Failures will eventually lead you to your dreams.

Who would I recommend Think like a Rocket Scientist summary to?

It is highly recommended to youngsters who are demotivated by their failures and need to be consistent. Also, people who think out of the box and wants to do something innovative should definitely give it a read. It will inspire them.