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Ready, Reset, Relaunch

The second episode I ever made was called "Brush Up, Brush Off, Relaunch".

It's one of the most popular episodes I've released to this date, and for a long time it was among what I considered my best work as a podcaster. (Spoiler Alert, it's primitive by comparison to episode 41)

The concept of relaunching is something that not only is important for today, with season 3 being here finally, but it's also something I wanted to revisit for your job hunt.

There are times in your life where you will have to relaunch yourself, and depending on your situation, you may have plenty of resources to draw on, or you may have very few to draw on.

If we talk about launching ourselves like we launch a rocket, a very interesting parallel between job hunting and actual spaceflight appears.

Way back in the 50s and 60s, the space race was on, between two powers with very different resources. The US and the USSR.

The former, was the undisputed master of the world both militarily and economically, while the other had been devastated by protracted war and famine.

Yet the other somehow found a way to build spacecraft, missiles, and even led the space race until 1969's moon landing.

Now, I'm not here to idolize the concepts of Stalinism, command economies, or any of the other atrocities that the USSR committed against its people.

The point I want to make this: even this semi backward nation with limited production resources for rocketry found a way to launch scores of rockets and get probes to other planets.

You need to have that resourcefulness, and that hunger to reach for the stars in your job hunt.

Sergei Korolyov was the head of the Soviet space program. Despite shortages of all types of materials, pressure from Moscow, and shoddy production quality on many of the finished components of his agency's rockets, he managed to build an agency that launched over 40 missions that were firsts for human spaceflight.

You have to have the same resourcefulness as Korolyov did and the same grit and determination.

The best part is, you don't have to spy on the Americans or intern your people in gulags to do it.

Resources like Recruiting Hell and many of the other platforms and friends of the show we have showcased are what is going to help you relaunch.

So get building that rocket, and let me know how I can help get you more, better materials, and the highest grade rocket fuel (read: knowledge) around.

~Ad Astra Per Aspera~

"A rough road lies to the stars"

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