Beat The Russians
One of the best examples of setting and achieving a goal was the US moon program back during the 60s. This has everything that all of the goal books have as to what you need to create a goal, but there’s one more thing that was included in the US moon program that is almost never included in most goal setting courses and ideas.
The first thing they had was this clear objective. There was, and everybody can go outside tonight look at the moon and think we’re going to get there. They had this ginomormous mastermind group, meaning they had all of the scientists and engineers and technicians were working on this moon project.
But they had this one thing that most goal courses don’t have and that is insane competition. Because the main reason the US wanted to get to the moon was to get there before the Russians. Without that competition then they probably wouldn’t have ever even thought to go to the moon.
Started With Sputnik
The only reason that spurred the American’s desire to go to the moon was the fact that the Russians got into space before the Americans and so whatever goal course you like, whatever goal setting strategies you like, consider the idea of putting in some kind of competition there.
This is something that many people don’t like to have. We wouldn’t like to believe in competition. We like to believe that everyone can be successful. Everyone can get what they want. But in reality, if you imagine that your goal is also somebody else’s goal and you have to get there first that will give you a lot more motivation than you might otherwise have.
Charles Goodyear became famous for starting a huge tire company. The reason he was the one that started the huge tire company was he figured out, he was the first scientist, the first chemist, the first business person to figure out how to create vulcanized rubber.
Accidental Tire Company
Rubber in its natural state is not very useful and so they had known for a long time that if they could figure out how to vulcanize rubber they could use it. Goodyear had been trying to figure out how to do this for a long time and when he finally discovered it was completely an accident. It was completely a haphazard, drop something, something mixes with something else and oh my gosh I’ve discovered vulcanized rubber!
Once he accidentally discovered how to make vulcanized rubber he started his rubber tire empire which still exists today. If you know anything about sound then you know the idea of Hertz, which stands for cycles per second. The lower the frequency, the lower the sound. The higher the frequency, the higher the Hertz, the higher the cycles per second, the higher pitch of the sound.
It’s called Hertz because Hertz was the guy that discovered radio waves way back before they invented radio. In fact, they call radio radio because it was named after these radio waves. Radio waves are a kind of a another way to express the word, “radiation.” Hertz discovered these long radio waves which were kind of similar to other light waves or other electromagnetic radiation but they were much, much longer.
There’s More Than Light
He noticed that they had different frequencies and because he was the first person to discover the same type of electromagnetic waves that had different frequencies, they named the frequency after him. That’s why they call frequencies Hertz because he was the guy that originally discovered radio waves.
If you go back through history you’ll find that every significant scientific achievement is almost always discovered by accident. It also creates this very interesting paradox of how humans think about the stuff. We think we know, if we don’t know something it’s a complete mystery.
Once somebody figures it out and explains it to us it seems like it’s self-evident. It seems like why did this takes so long? Everything seems perfectly reasonable in hindsight, but looking forward there is seemingly no way we can figure stuff out. This seems to be the story of human intellectual achievement.
We keep stumbling forward in the dark. We haphazardly understand how things work. We figure out how to explain it to each other and then we all act like it’s all self-evident and is completely obvious, but it was not obvious before we figured it out. It was only obvious after we did a lot of experimentation, studying and researching theoretical ideas.
It’s very, very rare that someone will have a completely abstract theory and then turn that abstract theory into reality and create some kind of physical understanding based on that theory. Almost always we discover stuff haphazardly or we discover something that we don’t know how it works we have to study for long time until we figure out how it works.
The paradox is if you, as an individual, want to learn something new you can either copy the information that already exist in somebody else’s brain, but if you copy the information that already exist in summary else’s brain, you’ll only be learning how to do what other people already know how to do.
Trial And Error
If you want to achieve anything of significance you going to have to learn things by trial and error. You’ve got to learn things by trying things when you don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s the only way scientists have ever understood anything. That’s the only way people of great success have ever achieved success, by continuously trying things when they don’t know what can happen.
The more you try things when you don’t know what could happen the more you can learn new skills that other people don’t know. The more you learn new skills that other people don’t know the more likely you will be able to discover new skills that can be worth a lot of money.
The funny thing about Hertz was when he invented, when he discovered these radio waves way back when they kind of recognize that there was all these other electromagnetic waves bouncing around that were outside of the range of visible light and all of the people asked him what you think will be able to use these radio with for? He thought they were completely useless.
No Idea, Bro
He didn’t have any clue of how we could maybe use radio waves. Of course later they invented actual radio, which was named after the radio waves, invented at all kinds of other uses for non-visible electromagnetic radiation and all that stuff was discovered later on but at the time when he discovered radio waves he thought there were just kind of a weird thing that wouldn’t have any use for humans.
The funny thing about vulcanized rubber is that it was also accidentally discovered in about 1600 BC by the Meso-Americans, and they also discovered it completely accidentally and haphazardly, but they discovered it accidentally and haphazardly from a purely metaphorical standpoint.
They figured out how to mix different fluids from different plants and when they mix these different fluids from different plants they created vulcanized rubber which they used in their culture. But at the time they thought they were mixing the blood and the semen from various plants in creating this new kind of magic substance.
Blood And Semen
They had no idea about chemistry. They had no idea about science, but the one thing they had in common with Charles Goodyear was they created it absolutely accidentally without really knowing what they were doing. So it seems that accidental discovery is more important than understanding science because they also created vulcanized rubber through accidental discovery but through the world of metaphors and not the world of science.
One of the fascinating things about the US space program is all the unexpected inventions that happened. That’s what usually happens when you have such a very strong desire and you achieve that desire. Because when you have a strong desire you don’t need to know how you’re going to get there. That’s the one thing that usually stops people from trying to achieve anything.
They don’t know what to do. But when the US had the moon program they had this huge national burning desire. They had this massive competition to get there before the Russians did. And they had to invent stuff to get there. Because of the moon program, there’s all these secondary unexpected inventions. Electronic inventions, which essentially created a whole new economy in the 70s and later on.
Explosion Of Electronics
All the computers. All the electronics, all the radios, all the calculators, all the computer games, these are all kind of a secondary consequence of this massive decision to go to the moon. That’s another example of how the moon program is an ideal metaphor for any type of goal.
You have to have a huge goal, to be clear. You have to really want to get there. You have to have competition and you have to be willing to invent new things to get there. If you have all these things together and your success is virtually guaranteed.
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