This last week was so incredible, it’s really hard to put into words. When you are surrounded by 6,000 like-minded people who care about helping others feel their best, improve their health and make a difference- it’s powerful!
I loved the science about prenatal health, what we know now about iodine, Vitamin K1 vs K2 and I scribbled so many notes while soaking it all up. But the highlight for sure was hearing from brothers Scott and Mark Kelly, twins and astronauts.
Scott spent an entire year in space, with the support of Shaklee nutrition, and both brothers have an impressive resume. But what impressed me the most was how humble they were.
Both shared (with humor) that they were not particularly talented as kids. They were not the best students, and not particularly focused or driven. Both struggled when they first trained as pilots, and Mark was asked, “Are you sure this is the right career choice for you?!”
How good you are at the beginning is not a good indicator of how good you could become.
Scott read a book about pilots who became astronauts and decided they sounded a lot like him and that’s where he was headed too.
Tiny steps along the way will help you achieve great things.
Scott shared that despite the take off looking nice and smooth on TV, that is not at all how it feels inside!! They go from zero to 17,000 miles per hour in just 8 minutes! Going to space used to seem absolutely impossible.
Nothing is impossible with teamwork, and impossible always starts with you.
Mark studied systems inside and out and was selected to fly the M14 – which is when he realized he wasn’t actually very good at flying.
You have to be willing to take risks to see what you’re capable of!
Mark fixed a telescope which gave a powerful perspective on the universe. It allowed us to discover that there are thousands of galaxies just like ours!! With that information, scientists were able to determine that there are more stars in the universe than all the grains of sand on all the beaches in planet earth. Mind blowing, right?
When in the navy, Mark was on the first combat mission after Sadam Hussein invaded Kuwait. There could see a snake-like stream of bullets coming up at them, and they were missed. Meanwhile, his partner remained laser focused on the target.
Only focus on what you can control and avoid the noise.
Scott’s year in space was an experiment to understand the effects of space on the human body, with the hope to someday send a person to Mars. The space shuttle was a hostile environment, with the equivalent radiation exposure of 10 chest x-rays every day for an entire year! (NASA relied on Shaklee vitamins and antioxidants to help protect it’s astronauts).
There have since been ten studies comparing the differences in aging between the brothers.
Coming home from space, Scott came back with the two Russians who were there with him and their spacecraft was less smooth than the US one. Scott said it felt like you were tossed over the Niagara Falls – absolutely terrifying! But as soon as you realized you weren’t going to die, it was the most fun ever!
Scott said the best thing about being in space was how hard it was.
Great accomplishments are built very slowly, piece by piece, over a long time. If we can go into space, we can do anything we want to do!
On the many trips out and back, both brothers have noticed startling changes in the environment, including the thinning of the atmosphere and the massive deforestation of the Amazon.
Use your power to make things better.
There’s so many more nuggets of wisdom that they shared, but I hope this gives you a glimpse of their story, their passion, and how inspiring they are. They really believe that there is nothing special about either of them- yet because of their determination and inability to quit, look at what they’ve done!
We have more potential and more influence than we realize. Why not work hard and go for something big and scary?