Mike Massimino had plenty of opportunities to give up on becoming an astronaut: he’s afraid of heights, he was rejected by NASA — not once, not twice, but three times, and he had poor vision that medically disqualified him.
When asked about how he dealt with rejection while remaining patient and persistent, Massimino’s response was “I gave myself 24 hours to reflect and then allowed myself to move forward”.
At least 24 hours because you are human and pausing to process is sometimes what it takes to get back up. Infinity because when you are ready, the ability to move forward, to try (again and again until you get there), is always available to you.
Infinity for Massimo was months of training to attain 20/20 vision (apparently it’s possible), a 4th application to NASA that would end up getting him across the chasm, learning to deal with his fear of heights, two Hubble Telescope missions, and over 500 hours spent in space.
24:Infinity is about recognizing the human condition, empathy and building space for what is needed to do our best, and potentiating the future we endeavor to create.
*From a talk Massimino gave a work meeting, unfortunately no recordings are available.