About Think Like a Rocket Scientist (from Amazon):
A former rocket scientist reveals the habits, ideas, and strategies that will empower you to turn the seemingly impossible into the possible.
Rocket science is often celebrated as the ultimate triumph of technology. But it’s not. Rather, it’s the apex of a certain thought process — a way to imagine the unimaginable and solve the unsolvable. It’s the same thought process that enabled Neil Armstrong to take his giant leap for mankind, that allows spacecraft to travel millions of miles through outer space and land on a precise spot, and that brings us closer to colonizing other planets.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to think like one.
In this accessible and practical book, Ozan Varol reveals nine simple strategies from rocket science that you can use to make your own giant leaps in work and life — whether it’s landing your dream job, accelerating your business, learning a new skill, or creating the next breakthrough product. Today, thinking like a rocket scientist is a necessity. We all encounter complex and unfamiliar problems in our lives. Those who can tackle these problems — without clear guidelines and with the clock ticking — enjoy an extraordinary advantage.
Think Like a Rocket Scientist will inspire you to take your own moonshot and enable you to achieve liftoff.
My Video Book Review:
Hi, I’m Kelly Schuknecht, and this is my video book review. Today we are looking at Think Like a Rocket Scientist by…I’m going to guess on the pronunciation…Ozan Varol. Not sure if I got that right, but also my last name is Schuknecht, so no one ever gets it right.
So first of all, this is not a leisurely book. I typically read 10 pages of a nonfiction book every day. And sometimes I’ll read more if I can finish up a section or a chapter by reading a few more pages. I found myself doing the exact opposite with this book. I would look to see where a section ended. And sometimes I would only read eight or nine pages if I knew that reading the next section would take me over my 10 pages for the day.
The book is amazing, but it is filled with SO much information. In one 10 page block, the author covers a story about Einstein related to thought experiments. Then he goes deeper into thought experiments. Then he segues into a story about Nicola Tesla. Then Leonardo DaVinci, then Galileo next he discusses Austrian physicist, Erwin Schrödinger, who performed an experiment that killed his cat, which then leads to a lesson around idioms related to curiosity (i.e. “curiosity killed the cat”).
He then tells a story how instant photography was invented, which is related to the curiosity of a child, which then leads to a story about a kindergarten class. Then he brings up Einstein again and weaves that with the story about Isaac Newton. All of this in 10 pages.
It is so much information. At the end of the book, though, the author offers some resources for readers who want to take a deeper dive into what they learned in the book. I’ll definitely be doing this because, I think for me, it’ll take me some time to study the principles from the book in order to put them into action.
I thought this book was fantastic, but I was just a little bit overwhelmed by the end of it. It’s definitely worth reading. But just know if you do read it that it will take some time to digest everything that it includes.