For me, it was a weekend of nostalgia watching the National Archives film footage of Apollo 11. Born in 1969, I felt American pride for this most celebrated mission. I had goosebumps experiencing this most celebrated mission while listening to the people who worked Mission Control. I could almost feel their nail-biting and uneasiness during that unprecedented day.
Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins are American icons, as were the hundreds of thousands of people working behind the scenes that made this mission possible. The sheer amount of manpower it took to achieve such a remarkable feat of technological innovation was breathtaking! It really did take a village to support the astronauts and make this moment in history.
Think about your PURE business and what it takes to build your community. There is so much we can learn from the Apollo 11 mission that can be applied to our own personal missions.
Be ambitious — Talk about a strong desire to achieve something! The years of training and planning and learning these astronauts went through could not have happened without an incredible desire, determination and longing to achieve success, and they did! Focus on your dreams. What is your purpose, destiny and legacy? Share the products and opportunity with people in your own backyard. Be hungry and the doors to success will open.
“Don’t merely make a living; make a life. Launch out farther than
you’ve ever gone before.” – Buzz Aldrin
Value teamwork — As Armstrong and Aldrin took those famous first steps, Collins was orbiting the moon waiting for his friends’ return. He was part of the larger effort. Everyone had an important job to do and they all worked in alignment. Anchor your business with a strong foundation. Be that person whom you want to attract. Check in frequently with your team members to offer support, educate them and make sure everything is running smoothly.
“We had hundreds of thousands of people all dedicated to doing the perfect job,
and I think they did about as well as anyone could ever have expected.”
– Neil Armstrong
Have confidence — From takeoff, to the precarious moon landing to re-entry, these astronauts had nerves of steel. They believed in themselves and their ability to succeed. They had confidence in the technology and the people behind them. Dare to believe big! Remember that you are strong and capable. Disbelief is negative power whereas belief is positive power.
“Mars is there, waiting to be reached.” – Buzz Aldrin
Learn from your mistakes — It took the failure of Apollo 1, and other errors, to achieve Apollo 11 success. You will make mistakes, and that’s okay. See a learning opportunity in all things. Be sure to listen to your mentor; they’ve been in your footsteps and have made the mistakes before. They are aware of the situations that can trip you up. Attend UNITE where you’ll get valuable training. As a leader, you can empower your team to make better decisions and become the solutions to the problems.
“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul…we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.” – Neil Armstrong
Planning and Communication. You are in the business of growing and developing the skills of your people. Write down the results you want to achieve. Use the tools you have at your disposal and always schedule the next step. Author Judith Glaser said, “Conversations are the power that launches transformational products into the world.” Go out there are start those conversations. That first handshake, greeting, email and call can set the stage for a lifetime!
“We are off! And do we know it, not just because the world is yelling “Lift-off”
in our ears, but because the seats of our pants tell us so! Trust your instruments, not your body, the modern pilot is always told, but this beast is best felt.
Shake, rattle and roll!” – Michael Collins
Recognize each other — At every opportunity the astronauts recognized the efforts of their teammates back on earth. Acknowledge your team’s hard work. Fuel their continued work.
“I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.” – Neil Armstrong
Just as Apollo 11 mission is an event that is stamped in our minds, so too is the legacy you’ll leave with your PURE business. Go the distance and make that difference.
You have the ability to do more than you can imagine!