“Don’t give up.” – Sinbad

What does it take to persist and succeed, even when faced with seemingly impossible odds? In this episode, Brian interviews an all-American success story and one of the funniest comedians of all time, Sinbad. This interview is not only a chance to listen in on a fascinating and often hilarious conversation between two old friends, it’s also a rare insight into a brilliant mind and the opportunity to learn about the persistence it takes to get to the top and stay there.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“I will not quit. I will find a way.” – Sinbad

“Be you.” – Sinbad

“I came the hardest way to go through it.” – Sinbad

“We use one tenth of one percent of our abilities.” – Sinbad

“People think success is this other thing for other people.” – Brian Buffini

“Persistence is probably the greatest gift you can have.” – Brian Buffini

“In Hollywood, they don’t come to see you, they ask about you.” – Sinbad

“I think my best years are ahead of me.” – Sinbad

“I’m in the business of trying to help people.” – Brian Buffini

“You have all edge, but no crass.” – Brian Buffini

“How do you shock people now? You shock them by helping.” – Sinbad

“Persistence is the gift you’ve been given.” – Brian Buffini

“I’m still on that mountain.” – Sinbad

“Don’t give up.” – Sinbad

 

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“Change is possible, transformation is possible – your best days are ahead.” – Brian Buffini

Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World” is a classic guide to success that has profoundly impacted the lives of millions of people around the world. In this episode, recorded live at a Buffini & Company event, Brian outlines his ten tips for a successful life, inspired by the book’s content.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“Be decisive.” – Brian Buffini

“The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are with the very next question you face.” – Napoleon Hill

“Everybody processes information differently.” – Brian Buffini

“Being decisive does not mean you make a quick decision.” – Brian Buffini

“Once I make a decision, I live with it.” – Brian Buffini

“I’m willing to make a bad decision and live with it, than not make a decision at all.” – Brian Buffini

“Have a prioritized daily to-do list.” – Brian Buffini
“There are casualties to technology. Just because you make something more efficient, doesn’t mean you make it more effective.” – Brian Buffini

“The physiology of sitting down and writing out a to-do list is different.” – Brian Buffini

“When you write something down, it has a deeper connection.” – Brian Buffini

“Have the technological reminders, but have the physiological paper.” – Brian Buffini

“Have no plan B.” – Brian Buffini

“You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.” – David Allen

“Affirm your gifts.” – Brian Buffini

“A gift is something you have been given and blessed with.” – Brian Buffini

“We speak out what’s in the heart.” – Brian Buffini

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Mohammad Ali

“Hold the outcome in your open hand.” – Brian Buffini

“Never lose the joy.” – Brian Buffini

“Understand the difference between intensity and contentment.” – Brian Buffini

“You can be content and intense at the same time – that’s not a simple thing, but it is a very powerful thing.” – Brian Buffini

“Master your emotions.” – Brian Buffini
“Differentiate between joy and happiness.” – Brian Buffini

“I’m always a joyful guy; I’m not always a happy guy.” – Brian Buffini

“Think in terms of decades.” – Brian Buffini

“Most people overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” – Bill Gates

“When successful people tell you what they’re doing, take it to heart.” – Brian Buffini

“Take massive action.” – Brian Buffini

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Don’t tell me – go do.” – Brian Buffini

“Never go it alone.” – Brian Buffini

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African proverb

“I will persist until I succeed.” – Og Mandino

“Change is possible, transformation is possible – your best days are ahead.” – Brian Buffini

 

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“Principles don’t change, tactics do.” — Brian Buffini

Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World” is a classic guide to success that has profoundly impacted the lives of millions of people around the world. In this episode, Brian takes a deep dive into the book and explores its The 10 Ancient Scrolls for Success in a way never done before. Download your copy now and  by the end of the episode, not only will you see these bedrock principles in a fresh, new and deeper way, you’ll be able to use them on a daily basis to achieve more success than you ever dreamed possible.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“We get to serve wherever we are.” – Brian Buffini

“We’re all pebbles on a pond.” – Brian Buffini

“The goal is to grow, do it for ourselves and then make a difference.” – Brian Buffini

“We don’t have to change the world – we just have to influence our world.” – Brian Buffini

“Principles don’t change, tactics do.” – Brian Buffini

“Life is not easy; it’s challenging.” – Brian Buffini

“Gratitude is the most important attitude.” – Brian Buffini

“Gratitude is everything because it keeps the complaining away.” – Brian Buffini

“Today is not a date. Today is a decision.” – Brian Buffini

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

“Begin a daily renewal.” – Brian Buffini

“With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You have to believe change is possible – positive change.” – Brian Buffini

“The only way you’re going to have positive change in your life is if you actually direct it.” – Brian Buffini

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them.” – Anne of Green Gables

“Life is for living.” – Brian Buffini

“Don’t get paralyzed by the future – know the value of each day.” – Brian Buffini

“Each day has tremendous power in it.” – Brian Buffini

“Don’t throw your days away.” – Brian Buffini

“Sometimes, you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”  – Dr Seuss

“Adversity is a gift.” – Brian Buffini

“You’re sitting on a bigger engine than you use.” – Brian Buffini

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill

“The key is to have a voracious pursuit and still hold it with an open hand.” – Brian Buffini

“There’s no reason to have a plan B because it distracts from Plan A.” – Will Smith

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“As you grow, so grows your business. As you learn, so you earn.” – Brian Buffini

“Live every day as if it were your last, because someday you’re going to be right.” – Mohammad Ali

“The way we spell love is TIME.” – Brian Buffini

“Learn to separate the majors from the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.” – Jim Rohn

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Carpe Diem – Seize the day!” – Horace (23 BC)

“Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” – Bruce Lee

 

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“The deeper you go in your growth, the goals will change.” – Brian Buffini

No matter how much you achieve or how successful you become, there’s always room for more growth. In this episode, Brian answers questions on air from high-achieving long-time Buffini & Company members who are still eager to grow and learn. Topics discussed include how to set next-level goals, how to leverage both yourself and your team more and how to exceed customers’ expectations, even when your company is in a fast-growth phase.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“At each step along the way…the same goal that used to motivate you, no longer will.” – Brian Buffini

“The deeper you go in your growth, the goals will change.” – Brian Buffini

“You’ve earned the right with your success to think from a different spot and ask yourself what you really want.” – Brian Buffini

“Who do you really want to be? Who do you want to serve? How do you want to spend your time? What are the rewards you want to enjoy? What do you want to give back?” – Brian Buffini

“Keep searching for those things that are deeper and those things that have more meaning.” – Brian Buffini

“The way I expand my thinking is I hang out with people with expanded thinking.” – Brian Buffini
“Keep expanding your frame of reference, both inside your industry and outside your industry.” – Brian Buffini

“The key to the future is in the past, many times.” – Brian Buffini

“Continue to prioritize and continue to leverage.” – Brian Buffini

“Feedback is the only way that you can have accountability with a team.” – Brian Buffini

“The greatest way to be the straw that stirs the drink is by example. The next way is leveraging training.” – Brian Buffini

“As your company grows, along the way there’s going to be bumps and bruises.” – Brian Buffini

“People want to be around a winner.” – Brian Buffini

“It is always peaks and plateaus.” – Brian Buffini

 

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“Great things happen when you get fired up.” — Brian Buffini

It can be hard to stay fired up when faced with life’s challenges, but being enthusiastic and motivated helps you to succeed like nothing else. In this episode, Brian explains how to eliminate life’s joy stealers, how to stoke your internal engine to create momentum and how to change your state of being, renew your energy and the importance of writing 10-day goals. Get your free resource here and by the end of the episode, you’ll be fired up for life!

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If we want to get fired up, we have to stoke the fires within.” – Brian Buffini

“The joy stealers are ultimately the things that take away our energy and take away our enthusiasm.” – Brian Buffini

“Life is hard…the locomotive on occasion has to go uphill.” – Brian Buffini

“There’s a big difference between a rut and a routine.” – Brian Buffini

“Without struggle, there can be no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

“It’s very important that we have an opportunity to measure our progress.” – Brian Buffini

“One of the ways we lose perspective is because we focus on what we don’t have instead of what we do.” – Brian Buffini

“You can’t have gratitude and entitlement in your heart and mind at the same time.” – Brian Buffini

“We massively overestimate what we can get done in a year…but radically underestimate what we can get accomplished in a decade.” – Brian Buffini

“A decade is made up of a whole bunch of ten day goals.” – Brian Buffini

“Momentum is very powerful…you feel like you have the wind at your back.” – Brian Buffini

“When we get exposed to someone else, our big problem becomes a little problem.” – Brian Buffini

“If they can do it, I can do it.” – Brian Buffini

“I did it before, I can do it again.” – Brian Buffini

“Gratitude is transformative and it changes everything.” – Brian Buffini

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Cicero

“It’s very important that you attach celebration to your achievements.” – Brian Buffini

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

“We need to renew physically, mentally and emotionally.” – Brian Buffini

“Renewing your mind is not refreshing your screen.” – Brian Buffini

“It’s very important that we get out of the digital life and get into the real life.” – Brian Buffini

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind and your spirit. Then get back to work.” – Ralph Marston

 

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“The size and measure of your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.” – John David Mann

 

What are the five laws of stratospheric success? In this episode, Brian talks to best-selling author John David Mann. John discusses the principles and philosophy behind his book “The Go-Giver” a parable about the power of giving that has inspired a worldwide movement and impacted and transformed the lives of millions of people.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“When you’re in business, you’re telling stories, you’re engaging people.” – John David Mann

“Facts tell, stories sell.” – Brian Buffini

“We’re drowning in information and starving for wisdom.” – Brian Buffini

“The law of value says that your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.” – John David Mann

“It doesn’t mean that we should give our stuff away for free…It means to value what you do and to put the maximum value into it.” – John David Mann

“The law of value is really about giving your best to the world and focusing on the giving.” – John David Mann

“You need to trust that if you give away all your best stuff, you’re going to get a lot more good stuff.” – John David Mann

“As you give…as other people receive it and use it, it amplifies you. It’s like love…you increase your love by giving it, by showing it. The same is true with respect; the same is true with value.” – John David Mann

“Give it out in slices, it comes back in loaves.” – Brian Buffini

“Your income is determined by how many lives you touch.” – John David Mann

“You do have to reach out and impact people’s lives.” – John David Mann

“It’s all about making a difference, that’s where the actual flow of compensation comes.” – John David Mann

“It’s not the mindset of a quid pro quo – I gave now you owe.” – Brian Buffini

“It’s so tempting to keep score…but what really works is giving unconditionally…and trusting that it will come back – and it will!” – John David Mann

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

“The size and measure of your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.” – John David Mann

“When you put somebody else’s interests first, it’s like it makes you a bigger person. It enlarges you.” – John David Mann

“The substance of influence is not push, but pull.” – John David Mann

“How far can you push a river? Not very far; but the sea can pull it for miles and miles and miles.” – John David Mann

“Influence is about draw…it’s not about me first.” – John David Mann

“The greatest gift you have to offer is yourself.” – John David Mann

“Authenticity does not mean license. It doesn’t mean regress.” – John David Mann

“Real authenticity is when you are giving yourself wholly to another or to others.” – John David Mann

“You’re going to get the most out of a relationship when you show up as your true self.” – John David Mann

“Just being yourself is good enough to be great.” – Brian Buffini

“People tend to have difficulty with freely receiving.” – John David Mann

“The way to keep continuously giving – the way to allow yourself to continuously give – is to stay open to receiving.” – John David Mann

 

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“The Go-Giver” 

“The Latte Factor”

 

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“If you don’t have a deep desire to serve, you’re not a leader, you’re a taker.” – Brian Buffini

 

Do you want to take charge of your life, influence others and lead effectively? In this episode, a live recording from a recent Buffini & Company event, Brian explains how to be CEO of your own life. Through the lens of the classic movie The Shawshank Redemption, he teaches how you can create a vision, make decisions, keep hope alive, influence others and facilitate transformation.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“Show me someone who’s not a good follower and I’ll show you someone who’s a lousy leader.”  – Brian Buffini

“I take responsibility for my own success, failures and everything in between.” – Brian Buffini

“Many people are in the prison of their own mind right now.” – Brian Buffini

“The buck stops with you.” – Brian Buffini

“You work with the hand you’re dealt.” – Brian Buffini

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about you don’t have to be pushed, the vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Short term decisions based on emotion are always bad decisions.” – Brian Buffini

“Not everything is a life and death decision…we have to prioritize our decisions.” – Brian Buffini

“Never make permanent decisions on temporary feelings.” – Anonymous

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption

“A decision will cause movement…once you decide, you go.” – Brian Buffini

“When you’ve done your homework…the choice is simple. The emotions that go with it are not.” – Brian Buffini

“Sometimes when you cast a vision, not everyone’s on board.” – Brian Buffini

“Leaders don’t lead by consensus.” – Brian Buffini

“I’m OK with sceptics; I have no time for cynics.” – Brian Buffini

“Success is built one handful at a time.” – Brian Buffini

“You have to keep persevering.” – Brian Buffini

“Managers keep the status quo. Leaders challenge the status quo. You need both.” – Brian Buffini

“Ask the question: Why?” – Brian Buffini

“Positive is always going to meet with negative.” – Brian Buffini

“We are influencing everywhere we go.” – Brian Buffini

“If you’re not serving, it’s self serving.” – Brian Buffini

“If you don’t have a deep desire to serve, you’re not a leader, you’re a taker.” – Brian Buffini

“A deep desire to serve is an attitude of the heart.” – Brian Buffini

“Legacy is a life well lived.” – Brian Buffini

“When we’re fearful, we stay put.” – Brian Buffini

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

“What is called resignation is really confirmed desperation.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Transformation is possible, but you cannot control it in anybody but yourself.” – Brian Buffini

 

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The good performers are the highly disciplined individuals.” — Jocko Willink

 

Jocko Willink is a decorated retired Navy SEAL officer, author and cofounder of Echelon Front. In this episode, Brian interviews Jocko about the leadership principles he learned on the most dangerous battlefields in the world. Jocko outlines how effective leadership is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. If you want to lead – and win – then this podcast is a must!

 

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“Relationships are everything.” – Brian Buffini

“The good performers are the highly disciplined individuals.” – Jocko Willink

“Nothing happens without discipline. Nothing happens without fundamentals. No excellence happens in any capacity.” – Brian Buffini

“I look at discipline as a non-negotiable fact that I will carry out.” – Jocko Willink

“We’re a world-class excuse generation.” – Brian Buffini

“All your excuses are lies that you tell yourself. Don’t negotiate with weakness; just destroy it.” – Jocko Willink

“As a human being, you can rationalize any behavior. Don’t do it.” – Jocko Willink

“The key is no negotiation with yourself.” – Brian Buffini

“The magic is in the mindset that it’s already decided. You have decided. It’s done.” – Brian Buffini

“If you’re undisciplined, you can’t expect to have any high standards for anyone else.” – Jocko Willink

“You have to set the example.” – Jocko Willink

“Discipline inside your organization will actually give you freedom.” – Jocko Willink

“As a leader, you’ve got to be able to communicate well with your team.” – Jocko Willink

“You want to be balanced – that’s what the dichotomy of leadership is about.” – Jocko Willink

“You own your life.” – Brian Buffini

“For me, being a good leader shows up at home first.” – Brian Buffini

“My kids don’t listen to a word I say, they’re too busy watching what I do.” – Brian Buffini

 

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“It’s about staying focused and doing the job to the best of your ability, and that’s what Neil did.” – David Fairhead

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, Brian Buffini interviews filmmaker David Fairhead, director of the feature-length documentary “ARMSTRONG” that explores the life of the mission’s commander, Neil Armstrong. In this special bonus episode of The Brian Buffini Show, you’ll learn how the film was created and what sets it apart from the several other movies and documentaries on the same topic. David shares his team’s unique approach to Armstrong’s story, highlighting the astronaut’s humility, tremendous skill and exceptional ability to perform under pressure. You’ll also hear Brian’s takeaways from a conversation he shared with Neil almost 20 years ago at MasterMind Summit — an interview featured briefly in the documentary.  With insights on filmmaking, Neil Armstrong’s legacy and the impact of the United States space program, this is episode is loaded with great content you won’t want to miss!

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Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“There’s three places every American should go to. Washington DC, Normandy and the Kennedy Space Center.” – Brian Buffini

“We had to get under Neil’s skin. He had all these amazing achievements. He was an action hero in his own way.” – David Fairhead

“He was a very unique character…He was all about the technique and the skill and the adventure and the exploring of it…On top of that, he was an extraordinarily quiet reserved guy.” – Brian Buffini

“It’s not all about the flag waving. Neil was a reserved person; he was somebody from a different era.” – David Fairhead

“There were 400,000 people behind him to put him and Buzz on the moon, and he did not want to take credit for that achievement.” – David Fairhead

“[Neil] was portrayed popularly by the press as being a recluse…He was not a recluse. He was a very busy man, and he was warm, and he was open, and yes, he was funny.” – David Fairhead

“Neil was in a shell. But if you could break that shell by talking to him about something that he was interested in, suddenly he’d be your best friend.” – David Fairhead

“If you’re doing the best you can at whatever you do, then you’re doing well.” – David Fairhead

“It’s about staying focused and doing the job to the best of your ability, and that’s what Neil did.” – David Fairhead

“He was cool under pressure. He just did the job. He wasn’t afraid.” – Brian Buffini

“[The interview with Neil] is the highlight of my career. I’ve never had anything like it, and I doubt I’ll ever have anything like it again.” – Brian Buffini

“It was like sitting down on the floor at your grandfather’s house while he told you stories. People were just awed.” – Brian Buffini

“The Apollo Program was set up to challenge the Russian’s dominance and to achieve a goal set by a president. And it did that…All these things lined up, and all these amazing things were achieved.” – David Fairhead

“We’re going to put a man on the moon. We’re going to bring him back safely to earth. And then we’re going to do it by the end of the decade. That was the most perfect goal.” – Neil Armstrong

“Every night we looked up and saw the moon in front of us. We saw our goal in front of us, so that made it real clear.” – Neil Armstrong

 

Mentioned in this episode:

“ARMSTRONG” – Documentary

“Last Man on the Moon” – Documentary 

“In the Shadow of the Moon” – Documentary

Brian Buffini Interviews Neil Armstrong – MasterMind 2002

 

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“You want to make a mark – you’d like to leave the world a little better than when you came. That’s my goal.” – Neil Armstrong

 

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. In this very special episode, a live recording from a 2002 Buffini & Company MasterMind Summit, Brian interviews world-famous astronaut Neil Armstrong. By turns deeply moving, profound and hilarious, this rare interview is an extraordinary insight into the life and mindset of the first man to walk on the moon.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

On the reasons for the success of the lunar program:

“We loved our work.” – Neil Armstrong

“Communication was substantially responsible for our success.” – Neil Armstrong

“We all depend on other people to some extent for our successes…It’s also true that you can’t depend on teamwork to do everything.” – Neil Armstrong

“Some things, when it gets down to it, you have to do yourself.” – Neil Armstrong

“You don’t want to be the weak link in the chain.” – Neil Armstrong

On the first stage of the flight:

“It was like going on a very bad railroad track that rattles in all three directions!” – Neil Armstrong

On the second stage of the flight:

“It was so smooth and so quiet…we couldn’t even be sure that the engine was running.” – Neil Armstrong

On the sights from Apollo 11:

“Every sight in space is spectacular.” – Neil Armstrong

“I hope technology will allow more and more people to go and see those sights.” – Neil Armstrong

“Our planet is a beautiful place, particularly when you see it from a distance… it’s a magnificent sight.” – Neil Armstrong 

On conspiracy theories:

“The world loves conspiracies. Conspiracy theories are always very popular.” – Neil Armstrong

“The only thing harder to do than fly to the moon would have been fake it!” – Neil Armstrong

On planet earth:

“The striking part to me is how little we know about it yet…We’ve only explored a teeny tiny fraction of this place. There’s a lot more questions than there are answers.” – Neil Armstrong

On the space program goal:

“The nice thing about that goal was that it was so simple and understandable: send a man to the moon and return him safely to earth by the end of the decade.” – Neil Armstrong

“It’s a great advantage when goals can be stated in such a way that they’re not ambiguous and you know exactly what it is that you’re trying to do.” – Neil Armstrong

On personal goals:

“You want to make a mark – you’d like to leave the world a little better than when you came. That’s my goal.” – Neil Armstrong

“Every person that’s been into space has thought of the fragility of our planet and how important it was to find ways to protect it.” – Neil Armstrong

“My great hope is that this 21st century will be the century in which 1. We really start to understand our own planet and 2. We really start to understand ourselves.” – Neil Armstrong

On his famous line, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”:  

“It was kind of a simple statement, just stepping off, and it seemed right.” – Neil Armstrong

Mentioned in this episode:

Armstrong documentary

 

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