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Greg Mortenson

Best-Selling Author, Three Cups of Tea

Greg Mortenson: Since my father used to read bedtime stories to me every night -- just as I do when I'm home with my children -- I'm a voracious reader. I love books. I didn't have movies or TV to distract me as a child, so books were really my window to the world, and some books in particular I remember. One is called Territorial Imperative, but it talks about the relationships of animals to each other. That kind of sparked my interest in science. I'm kind of a dull reader. I like non-fiction, and I rarely read a fiction book. If I had more time, I would. But I love to learn and explore, when I hear about new things, whether it's history or music or the arts or anthropology or global geopolitical developments. I always like to delve into books. Because I find a lot of wisdom in gleaning from what other people think and deduce from what's going on in the world.
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Greg Mortenson

Best-Selling Author, Three Cups of Tea

Greg Mortenson: In Tanzania, where I grew up, Mount Kilimanjaro was in our back window. And since I was about six, I begged my dad, "Please. Can I go climb the mountain?" So finally, for my 12th birthday, he let me climb Kilimanjaro. I went with another 11-year-old. And since those early days, I already had a passion for mountains and for climbing. So over time I got more experience. I climbed in many parts of the world. It was something I really loved to do. And I also was a graduate student in neurophysiology, because I wanted to find a cure for epilepsy. So I would climb, and I also worked as a nurse. I got my degree in nursing and chemistry. So I'd work in emergency rooms half the year, and then the other half, I was either studying physiology or mountaineering.
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Story Musgrave

Dean of American Astronauts

Story Musgrave: Space is a calling of mine, it struck like an epiphany. That occurred when NASA expressed an interest in flying people who were other than military test pilots. And when I was off in the Marine Corps in Korea, I had not graduated from high school, yet and so I could not fly. And so, I was not a military test pilot, but as soon as NASA expressed an interest in flying scientists and people who were not military test pilots, that was an epiphany that just came like a stroke of lightning. And, I saw that everything I had ever done in life could be used in that endeavor. It just fit and it felt just right.
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Story Musgrave

Dean of American Astronauts

I work for perfection, for perfection's sake. I don't care what the external reasons are. And it's much more like a ballerina on opening night. You've done what you've got to do. When you go out, the purpose is to turn a perfect turn. You are not thinking about the future of the company, you are not thinking about your future, you're not thinking about the critics, it is you and the perfect turn. It is an Olympic high jumper and the bar, there is nothing else there. And it's taking that form, and those steps, it is doing the pattern, the rhythm that you have built to accomplish the job. And so, getting ready, I choreographed the thing right down to where every finger, every toe, where 300 tools are. How the tools are going to move around. Every work site, what is the right body position to get in? How you restrain yourself, how you get the job done, and not really even touch the telescope.
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Ralph Nader

Consumer Crusader

I would be reading the early muckrakers' books. Ida Tarbell on Standard Oil, or Upton Sinclair on the meat plants in Chicago. And I would be quite young reading these books, ten, eleven, twelve, and trembling with excitement. I remember how exciting it was to read the books. Teachers? There were about five or six teachers who really had an impression on me. One history teacher, one day we were walking into the class and she had right on the blackboard a message. It said, "Gone: One minute, sixty seconds. Don't bother looking for it, for you will never find it again." And her point was, don't waste time because if you waste time, you are never going to recover that time that you wasted. A good lesson.
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Ralph Nader

Consumer Crusader

Too many people who go to the best schools, and get great grades, are confronted with a choice of trivial work that is very high paid, and has some sort of surface status, like senior partner in a law firm, or corporate executive, but most of the work can be done by anybody. If they didn't do the work, there would be somebody sliding right in to do the same work. And, it's work where you don't often take your conscience to work with you every day. You leave your conscience at home, and you apply your talents to clients, or whatever demands the business or profession makes of you. On the other hand, there is an enormous amount of exciting work that needs to be done in this country. It may not pay as much, but it will still give you a decent standard of living, but you take your conscience to work so you apply your value system and your talents. That is real job enrichment. Nothing can compare with that one. I see senior partners at age 65 or 70, who have made millions of dollars in law firms, come up to me and say that they are pretty disappointed in their life and could they do something else in the years that they have post-retirement. You can just see that they look back, and basically they did it all for the money. They didn't really enjoy that much. They could rationalize it; it was intellectually challenging, and they met important people, but they didn't really come close to making the contribution they could have made, given their power, leverage, status, and intellect.
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Ralph Nader

Consumer Crusader

The beauty of citizen involvement is that when your horizon expands and you think more of your own personal significance, then all your little personal hang-ups, which loomed so large in your daily life, suddenly begin to recede and fall and melt away. And you look back and you say, "How could I have ever been bothered by whether my appearance was just right according to the latest Vogue magazine, or the Revlon ad?" That's why it's so important to look at citizen action as a form of human happiness. It is a form of human happiness. It is a discovery of human happiness to go into this society of ours and grapple with problems and come out looking back and saying, "Well, the life of a lot of people is better because of what I did." If people will look at citizen action as a source of joy, I think they are more likely to go into it. There are tremendous rewards. You can't put a dollar figure on them, but you can put a permanent impression on them. You'll find they are the most enjoyable times of your life.
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