“I miss the Earth so much… I miss my wife on such a timeless flight.” — Elton John
Know the song “Rocket Man” by Elton John? Think about the aforementioned lyric and then think about all the films where folks get stranded in outer space. It could happen and then that person would be stuck for…ev…er *Smalls voice*. Though we celebrate landing on the moon, the true accomplishment was not landing on the moon. That was only half of the battle. The real accomplishment was learning all that we could and getting home safely time after time. Neil Armstrong landed on the moon on July 21, 1969 and will forever be remembered for it. But it was on this day 44 years ago today that Gene Cernan accomplished Neil’s crowning glory by being the last man to leave the moon. The ultimate mission was accomplished and we finally had enough information from our moon to do work that would expand our understanding of our terrain as well as the universe that surrounds it.
So often we recognize the beginning of a task without realizing that its completion is what really matters in the grand scheme of things. Be proud that you started but know that plenty of people start plenty of things everyday. No one honors the anniversary of a failed marriage. No business that went under is celebrated in the the annals of history.
Start the project. That puts you miles ahead of those who are sitting around doing nothing. But finish the project. That puts you miles ahead of where you started and you are who you are really competing against.
Make professional development a priority.