Moonshot: What Landing a Man on the Moon Teaches Us about Collaboration, Creativity, and the Mind-Set for Success

Moonshot: What Landing a Man on the Moon Teaches Us about Collaboration, Creativity, and the Mind-Set for Success

by Richard Wiseman


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On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, renowned psychologist Richard Wiseman reveals the powerful life lessons behind humanity's greatest achievement.

The historic moon landings were achieved against remarkable odds and within the space of just a few years. How can we apply the secrets of this astronomical success to our own goals, to achieve the impossible in work and in life?

Psychologist Richard Wiseman brings together history, psychology, and self-help in this unique and powerful guide to achieving the impossible in work and in life. The result of intensive research, including interviews with surviving members of the Apollo mission-control team, Moonshot delivers eight key lessons on teamwork, leadership, persistence, creativity, and more, each one a vital part of the mindset for success.

Filled with never-before-told stories and fresh insights, Moonshot sheds new light on the science of success—and empowers each of us to achieve the impossible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525538370
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 190,572
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Richard Wiseman has gained an international reputation for research into diverse areas of psychology, including deception, success, and luck. He was described by one Scientific American columnist as "one of the most innovative experimental psychologists in the world today." Wiseman's previous books, including 59 Seconds, The Luck Factor, and Quirkology, have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. He has presented keynote addresses to the Swiss Economic Forum, Google, and elsewhere, and his YouTube videos have been viewed more than 500 million times. His work has made the front page of The Guardian, New Scientist, and The New Yorker. Wiseman holds Britain's only professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Liftoff 1

1 "We Choose to Go to the Moon…" 5

Where we discover how an entire nation fell in love with a mission to the Moon, and find out how you can harness the power of passion

2 "John, It Worked Beautifully" 31

Where we meet the innovative engineer who saved the day with a brilliant mission plan, and find out how you can create ideas that are out of this world

3 "We Didn't Know That It Couldn't Be Done" 57

Where we encounter the brilliant leader that put his faith in a group of young people, and discover how you can reap the rewards of self-belief

4 A Rough Road Leads to the Stars 83

Where we learn about the tragic fire that forced everyone to pull up and take stock, and find out how you can learn from failure

5 "It Won't Fail Because of Me" 109

Where we come across the mantra that ensured the world's largest rocket got off the ground, and uncover how you can develop the attitude that gives you altitude

6 "If You're Going to Go to the Moon, Sooner or Later You've Got to Go to the Moon" 139

Where we venture into the unknown with the first manned mission to the Moon, and learn how you can find the courage to stop talking and start doing

7 The Man Who Said "Go" 165

Where we learn how quick thinking saved the historic Moon landings with just seconds to spare, and find out how you can prepare for almost every eventuality

8 Buzz Aldrin and the Missing Switch 193

Where we discover how astronauts had to improvise their way home, and learn how you can thrive in the face of the unexpected

Mission Accomplished 219

Acknowledgments 229

Appendix 231

Notes 233

Bibliography 245

Index 247

About the Author 259

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