Doing enormous, game-changing “Moonshot Thinking”

Where would you like to see exponential improvements? And what would you do if you didn't consider failure? That's moonshot thinking. (Screenshot from

Where would you like to see exponential improvements? And what would you do if you didn’t consider failure? That’s moonshot thinking. (Screenshot from “Moonshot Thinking” YouTube video)

What would you like to see a drastic improvement in? And not just a 10-percent improvement … a 10 TIMES improvement?

Today is Thanksgiving for me and my family. I have so much to be thankful for — as a teacher, as a father, as a husband and more.

But I’ve written that post before. Today, I want to present you with something else. It’s something I’m going to face at the Google Teacher Academy next week, and it’s something I’ve been wrestling with in my mind for a while.

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, too, maybe you’ll consider it, too, as you’re preparing dinner, watching football or drifting off to a nap.

Moonshot thinking.

In the description of the YouTube video embedded below, Google describes “moonshot thinking” as the combination of a huge problem, a radical solution to that problem, and the breakthrough technology that just might make that solution possible.”

Think of Galileo and the telescope. Aviation pioneers and their “flying machines.” George Mallory and Mount Everest. The first mission to the moon.

They did things that had never been done before. They were laughed at and told their ideas were impossible. Then they went out and changed the world.

I know that when I write a blog post, I probably only have five minutes or so of your time (if I’m lucky) to equip you with something that will make your life better.

I’d like you to take most of that time to watch the video below: “Moonshot Thinking.”

Then ask yourself: What would I like to see drastic improvement in? What would I do if I didn’t consider failure?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think big like that very often. I stay in my own safe little box in my safe little classroom.

I’m trying to push myself … to do some moonshot thinking.

It’s hard, but I know my students are worth it.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

What does this video make you think? What are some great moonshots that you’ve seen happen? Share in a comment below!


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