I think that was where the moonshot originated whenever I think about it. The 1960s were marked by social unrest, most notably the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. The U.S. and Russia had a space race in the 1960s. The race was marked by two collectives of patriots striving towards the impossible.
A moonshot is unimaginable. it was an impossibility. We can’t even imagine what we will be able to do if we don’t try our best. We must keep moving forward no matter how difficult or impossible it may seem at first. It is for this reason that Moonshot Thinking is so important for us as individuals and as a society.
Moonshot Thinking, what is it?
Moonshot thinking is an approach to innovation where you target solutions that are 10X or 10 times better than what’s existed so far. It calls on teams of people to look for unconventional solutions. This 10x mindset means challenging the idea that progress can be made in linear steps.
Google X was meant to be a research lab that doesn’t work on anything related to Google’s core business. It’s a sort of anti-corporate research lab. The job was to solve big challenges and find innovative solutions. High-altitude connectivity, Project Loon, and the self-driving car were among the first moonshots that they took.
Each X project is hand-picked and works in tandem with the company’s core strategy. Each of the projects was meant to act like startups within Google. They were given enough time and resources to develop breakthrough technologies in specific areas. The Google Loon project is trying to build cheaper access to the internet in remote areas.
Astro Teller, the founders had the 10X, moonshot mindset of thinking big. The mindset means that they wanted to take big risks on technologies that would help them reach their goals of growing the company. They constantly investigate and prototyping new technologies.
Why does moonshot thinking matter for growth?
Moonshot Thinking empowers people to imagine the future. It’s about their willingness to see possibilities that are not visible at first sight. It can be used to identify opportunities that other people don’t see yet. Moonshot thinking makes people think creatively and alone.
Moonshot thinking encourages people to question their assumptions. It challenges people to create things that are different from what is commonly seen elsewhere.
It helps us plan, fail, and learn through iteration. Fail is a good thing. It means learning. There is no big success without big failures. It’s a way of gaining knowledge and experience in the long run.
How should businesses approach this concept?
Moonshot thinking involves taking risks and trying new things. It is about experimenting and failing fast. Failing forward, some say. Even though mistakes are essential for Moonshot Thinking, they can’t be avoided. It is important that your team recovers quickly from them.
Other than experimentation, a business could do this by creating a culture of learning and transparency. They should find ways to connect their team so that they could facilitate each other. Collaboration is key for success in Moonshot Thinking. We can inspire each other by learning from each other’s experiences.
Moonshot Thinking is a way of thinking that we use to overcome difficulties and obstacles, while we search for new solutions or ways of innovating. It’s about putting yourself out there and making new things happen.
Failure is inevitable, but you must accept it as an opportunity to learn.
How can we apply moonshot thinking to ourselves?
In the book The 10X Rule, Carolyne advises setting yourself targets that are ten times greater than what you think you can achieve and taking actions that are ten times greater than what you think you need to reach them. Setting goals too low is one of the most common mistakes most people make. The only way to reach your full potential is to take massive action.
Many believe that 10X thinking is expensive and requires a lot of resources. Instead, 10X thinking is just the opposite. It is about finding inexpensive, creative solutions to hard questions.
While it is important to imagine the future, it is also important to use your imagination in the right way. Don’t be a prisoner of your own imagination. Moonshot is about knowing when not to imagine or reinvent the wheel.
When JFK delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history, in front of forty thousand crowds, he said:
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills”-JFK
I believe this speech is a true representation of Moonshot thinking. It was not about the destination but about the journey itself. Moonshot Thinking is about working with an audacious goal and taking massive action to achieve it.
I’m going to try the 100-day writing challenge (thank you Khalil Nooh for the inspiration to publish and push. Every. Single. Day. – you are the best dude!). I’m trying to write at least 500 words a day for 100 days straight. It’s the challenge I set for myself, and I hope others do the same!
The 100-day challenge keeps momentum and builds confidence. I hope in just over three months I’ll see significant improvement in my writing, my vocabulary and my confidence to keep writing.
By participating in this challenge, I commit to publishing every single day. Writing is an act of vulnerability; it’s exposing your deepest selves on the internet (if you post it on your blog or something like that). This exercise will help you gain courage, improve clarity, and write more clearly. And more aware of errors such as passive voice.
I love that the 100-day challenge isn’t a lot of work! It’s okay to take a day off between challenges is totally fine, or you can keep on with regular life while dabbling in some writing.
To keep this accountable, I will post using the hashtag #100daysofzen and publish it on various platforms.
– It could be journaling, blogging, article or even sending wishes to friends.
– Writing full sentences (and not just bullet points).
– Minimum 500 words with no limit.
– No GPT-3 nonsense. Just zen writing and headspace. Mindfulness and contentment.
Zen can be such an exhilarating and rewarding experience. It may seem like nothing is happening, but it’s right there in front of us.
Starting tomorrow. Let’s go.