Dream big and make a plan to get there, says astronaut Chris Hadfield

Astronaut Chris Hadfield stands waiting to shake hands and sign copies of his book after giving his keynote address at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown on Oct. 30. Kayla Fraser photo.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield stands waiting to shake hands and sign copies of his book after giving his keynote address at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown on Oct. 30. Kayla Fraser photo.
By Kayla Fraser
Oct. 31, 2014

It’s true what they say, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has actually been out of this world.
Hadfield gave a keynote address at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown on Oct. 30.
Hadfield talked about how he became to be an astronaut told stories about commanding the International Space Station.
“How do you go from being a little Canadian kid with a dream to flying a rocket ship? I think the real key is to give yourself a long-term dream.”
From joining the Air Cadets, learning scuba diving, learning new languages, going to test pilot school, attending two universities, he worked his whole life to become an astronaut.
“All of those things were because I put this distant goal on the wall and it helped me answer every single day, what should I do next?
“It just gave me sort of a guiding light that led me through my life thus far and took me all the way from being a little kid in a box to eventually putting on this suit and doing Canada’s first space walk and then to all up to command the Space Station.”
Everyone should set his or her own goals to be successful, he said.
“The inspiration the comes from it is maybe the most significant part.”
Olympian Heather Moyse attended the address. Everyone who have left the theatre should feel inspired, she said.
“The messages that he’s sending to people about what are you surrounding yourself with? What are you thinking? It’s living on the edge of what’s possible and its incredible. It is really inspiring.”
The speech can help people see the opportunities to look at their life in a different way, she said.
“They can maybe look at every decision that they’re making on the road to reaching whatever goals they might have. Or goals they put on the shelf because they seemed impossible. Maybe dusting those off and taking another look at them and making things a little more possible.”

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