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“Dream the impossible — and go out and make it happen. I walked on the moon. What can’t you do?”

Those were the simple, yet powerful words of the man who left the earth three times and walked the moon twice and today remembered as “The Last man on the Moon,” the title he held for four decades (‘… too long’ in his own words) and yet to be rewritten – NASA Astronaut Eugene ‘Gene’ Cernan.

Growing up in Chicago (neither of his parents went to college), this astronautical engineer and Naval Aviator, later turned NASA astronaut, always believed in dreaming big, challenging himself  and working hard to achieve those dreams.

He last left the earth for moon on Dec. 7, 1972 (Apollo 17 mission) and left the earth for heavens to RIP on Jan. 16, 2017 (aged 82).

Cernan had been a great advocate of youth empowerment and motivation and tried to inspire youth throughout his life-after-NASA. He did it by always remembering his father’s words that kept him charged and helped him live his entire life filled with passion and perseverance:

“Just go out and do your best. You’re not going to be better than everyone at everything.” And

“Someday you’re going to surprise yourself. Just do your best and someday you’re going to surprise yourself.”

Great people always believe in themselves and also try to give their best, especially when the stakes are high and odds are against them. They always live tall, maximize their potential at every level possible and leave an inspiration for millions around them and a legacy for generations to come. They are ‘hungry’ and they ‘foolish’. As late Steve Jobs always asked himself every morning looking at the man in the mirror…

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

we must focus on what excites us, what makes us more fulfilled and what creates value to others and go to work at it every single day. We must leave a trail of hope, inspiration and guidance for others.

P.S. Find such pearls of wisdom and fountain of inspiration from Chapter 11. Legacy Living: Write Your Own History of my upcoming book “The New [Me]: A 5-Step Code to Unlock Your True Potential Beyond College,

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