Last week I had a fascinating conversation with a man who dreamed of reaching for the sky, and one day he got there.
When Jose Hernandez was a kid, he was part of a family of migrant workers in California. They were traveling all the time to farms in California, and going back to Mexico every year for a couple of months at the time. Hernandez and siblings were used to study on the road, and work during the weekend. When he saw the last astronaut that ever walked on the surface of the moon in his small black and white TV, he knew what he wanted to do with his life.
His parents supported his dreams. Their primary goal was to give their kids a better live, and help them to be happy and active their dreams. Soon his father sat on the kitchen table and helped him draw a map, pointing the steps to achieve his dreams with work, study and determination.
Jose worked very hard, between helping their parents, studying and focusing on his goals. He got to be a pilot, an engineer, a diver, a specialist with comprehensive expertise in rocket science and nuclear energy, part of the US Air Forces and even learned more languages. All of these while applying many times to be selected as an Astronaut, until he got to be one.
Today, he also has a company designing satellites; he is a family man; an author and a politician.
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