Motivation in NewSpace

When I searched for motivation in NewSpace in Google I came up with sights linked to physical space and also property.  Pinterest images came up with study spaces, organisational spaces and there certainly were more technical concepts of New Space.  I then came upon an interesting article on NASA’s views of “New Space”.

In the article, ‘NASA views “new space” with hope, support — and wariness’ written by Eric Berger in Houston Chronicle, his article conjures up imagery of old rockets versus a brave new world of new tech and path to space.

For many of the NewSpace entrepreneurs and Alumni of the International Space University, it is the latter which really seems to inspire the next generation of space farers.


The difficulty I am grasping with is how do you turn a dream into an idea, into a measurable action with a realistic goal.

One could argue, the first few are hard, but only relative to the last.

We could dream, but very few actually make it happen.  Or be it they dream, and then lose steam, half way.  or they dream, don’t lose steam, but lose it in the end.

When I train entrepreneurs, for the most part, I invite them to think of themselves as athletes.  To take it one step at a time, as I am reminded by an Olympic athlete friend of mine, and to keep it consistent.


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Daniel Goleman’s thoughts and book on ‘Emotional Intelligence’  (EQ) is one of my favourite all time reads.  I recall one of the chapters, when asked to choose between general intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence, which one would he say is more important?  It is actually emotional intelligence.

High IQ generally does not equate to high EQ.  Yet it is EQ which keeps us alive.

Our emotions, our feelings, our intuition is driven by this engine which is more important to our survival than IQ.  Then why, you may ask, education is focused more on IQ?  Think of cram schools, University examinations – do they accurately reflect how one would perform?

The reality is individuals who embark on the journey of entrepreneurship are never tested on either.  Their qualifications are reflected on paper as to what they show to their investors, teammates, friends and other interested businesses.  It is truly difficult to tell, whether the freshly made boat can withstand the storm.

It is when there is a storm, and a hurricane that we can see whether the boat can strategically, find the eye of the storm and sit it out, without fear and doing so courageously.

My own experience is that the most intelligent of people, bail out before the ghosts have arrived.  This turns the theory of IQ being superior on its’ head.

ceo library

source: The CEO library

Achieving a 99.9% score has no reflection at all as to how successful one would be in business.  On the contrary, I would suggest that it is EQ, like Goleman’s theory that has more truth in the success of entrepreneurship than IQ.  When I think of the likes of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Jack Ma, their stories are so inspiring because they consciously choose the path of following their voice, than the crowd; of pursuing their dreams rather than a piece of paper that made them successful.  How different would their lives be if they pursued their degrees than their dreams?

Don’t get me wrong.  I think they choose to do something that was right for them.  The fine line is where we don’t think and do what others tell us to do.

Steve Jobs went to India.  And for some, they have interpreted that as a pivotal moment in his life which impacted on his thinking and thought and how that came to impact and shape Apple.

Quoting Steve Jobs: ‘The main thing I’ve learned is intuition, that the people of India are not just pure rational thinkers, that the spiritual ones also have intuition.’

steve and india

source: ET

There are certain things in life that could become pivotal for us as individuals and entrepreneurs.  I was having a conversation with a friend, how when things happen, particularly negative things, is pure energy if one believes life is energy.

Energy can be either positive or negative and having the ability to transform and turn that energy from negative to positive is what creates greatness.

It is seeing the bigger picture of what we are trying to do.

Seeing failure as a process and not the end of it.

The question, I would like to explore is how do you even get people to take the first step?


Helen Tung
Emergent Tech Advisor/MINERVA Fellow, EU- Japan Centre
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