How to live with grace and grit | Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin

  • Published on Apr 11, 2019
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Comments • 57

  • Pacitto dominique
    Pacitto dominique 3 months ago


  • JeremyIan
    JeremyIan 7 months ago

    How lucky for you. All my mom ever read me before bed was the riot act

  • TheCortexReaver
    TheCortexReaver 8 months ago +2

    Astronaut super men guy: let's look for justice in opportunities.

    Conservative: Well I never, if the poor were not so lazy, they would inherit an empire like I did from my dad Charles Emerson the Seventh!

    • TheCortexReaver
      TheCortexReaver 8 months ago

      @Cole Panacci obviously equality of outcome and opportunity is the same thing. Executing same input on 99.9 identical DNA leads to same output (even if the result is probabilistic in nature). Some pure form of equality of outcome would be taking 60 year old illiterate from poor neighborhood and making him NASA director, and no one ever proposed that. Investment into bread or education for anyone younger than 30 is not an outcome, that is still the opportunity. Stop reading bible or Mein Kampf and get educated in science. Conservativism is much like retardation but can be cured with knowledge!

  • Chris Marklowitz
    Chris Marklowitz 8 months ago

    Naive way of thinking. This is the premise that you have no limits so you just need grit and all people are wonderful and nice so we can learn from them. Which is not realistic. People can be evil and we must learn to fight. We have limits so we must learn to accept them and adapt around them.

    • Chris Marklowitz
      Chris Marklowitz 8 months ago +1

      @Gordon Shier Well put hadn't thought of that but that makes a lot of sense

    • Gordon Shier
      Gordon Shier 8 months ago +1

      true but its often hard to tell which of your limits are arbitrary/changeable and which are intrinsic. i think being young is about pushing, occasionally blasting your way through your limits and seeing what you're really capable of.

  • James Valaitis
    James Valaitis 8 months ago

    So many people stumble upon this core, ancient Buddhist understanding from where one should derive meaning and satisfaction. They then call it whatever they want, but the important part is that people are coming to this realisation.

  • Gonçalo Dias
    Gonçalo Dias 8 months ago

    I have an idea, let´s all give hands, dance and sing kumbaya! And if someone doesn´t want to give us their hands let´s just cry and scream. How come no one ever thought about this?

    • Gonçalo Dias
      Gonçalo Dias 8 months ago

      One more video with zero content, and I will unsubscribe this channel! C´mon be pertinent

  • koushik sai
    koushik sai 8 months ago


  • Cm
    Cm 8 months ago

    This advice is too general. I liked his points, seems like a really nice guy but at the end of the day I’d like to hear some anger you know at the fact some people have to be janitors and other people are astronauts, largely in part because of what kind of brain and genetics they have. We live in a competitive society, for the future generations there needs to be less dog eat dog, less cutting down people to get ahead. The mould on one orange corrupt and influence the rest

  • renragged
    renragged 8 months ago +1

    Who's the chick in the beginning/thumbnail and why is she there? Click-bait?

  • Qqq Myes
    Qqq Myes 8 months ago +1

    Grace is a spiritual word. He doesn’t even define it other than say he tries to learn from everyone he meets. That is not grace. This is one person’s general life philosophy that really does not belong on “Big Think”

  • michaelrose93
    michaelrose93 8 months ago +5

    Affirmative action is *unjust* for several reasons. First off, Asians are given a pit to stand in, instead of a box to stand on, because they are too "tall." That's *_not_* justice, especially since many Asian groups (such as Burmese and Bhutanese) perform terribly in school to begin with! They don't need racial discrimination to hold them back even further. On the flip side of things, various African groups, such as Nigerians, *_outperform_* most everyone else in school. They do NOT need a "box" to stand on, but are given one anyway. The result of this unjust advantage? *In 2007, African students constituted nearly 40 percent of the black students admitted to Ivy League schools.*

    Education should be merit based, period. Children of alumni should not be given preferential admission. Neither should football players or minorities. And hobbling Asians to keep "too many" of them out of college is medieval. Discrimination is NOT justice.

    P.S. He's wrong about the SAT, it is indeed predictive of graduation rates, just not *_highly_* predictive. High school GPA's are more predictive, but the combination of both is pretty accurate. There's a chart with statistics in Forbes - "What Predicts College Completion? High School GPA Beats SAT Score" < if anyone's interested.

    • michaelrose93
      michaelrose93 8 months ago +1

      @John T < LOL, Troll harder.

    • John T
      John T 8 months ago +1

      That doesn't make affirmative action "unjust", that just shows how ignorant, narrow and short sighted your field of vision is. You're ideology only considers others in relation to yourself with no regard for your fellow countrymen. We get that you think anything that isn't fascist and unconstitutional is un-American and communist. No one really expected any better from you and that's probably why you are this way. I consider you beyond salvation at this point. You've had years to prove you're capable of growth but, 🌬 guess not.

  • groverkartikey
    groverkartikey 8 months ago +1

    saw you on "one strange rock", keep up the great work!

  • Mr. Cloverfield
    Mr. Cloverfield 8 months ago +5

    Equality of outcome (equity) is not justice. You are taking from others who are more successful despite their shortcomings and giving to others who aren't successful.
    I support a base level for everyone (UBI) because it is given to all, not just the ones that are decided to be deserving.
    Andrew Yang 2020

    • John T
      John T 8 months ago

      @BH FourTwoEight I'll let you decide whether you want to be a useful or useless idiot. It makes no difference to me.

    • BH FourTwoEight
      BH FourTwoEight 8 months ago +1

      @John T Jumping around there a bit - lost?

      "They full-throatedly endorse their own subjugation--that's the authoritarian portion of fascism." This pretty well describes the useful idiots that think socialism is a good idea for America. If you want equality of outcomes you pretty much have to use force.

      I suggest you take some time to learn what conservative thinking REALLY is.

      I recommend Pra.ger Univer.sity and Hills.dale Coll.ege's free courses as starting points.

      Now is a good time to take the red pill.

    • John T
      John T 8 months ago

      @Mon Sta See what I mean? They're completely incompetent.

    • Mr. Cloverfield
      Mr. Cloverfield 8 months ago

      @Mon Sta are you against equality?
      Just like with Social Security, you can opt out of receiving benefits. Plus the percentage of people who would get but don't need or are helped by the UBI would be vastly outweighed by the people who do need it and or are helped by it.

    • John T
      John T 8 months ago

      @Mon Sta This is the crux of conservative thinking. It's purely based on an unsustainable level of selfishness. You're reaching out to a modern day "Uncle Tom". This is a person who will sell you and even themselves out for the approval of the Kakistocracy. They full-throatedly endorse their own subjugation--that's the authoritarian portion of fascism. They all imagine themselves one day climbing that ladder the rich pulled up behind them and used for kindling in the 70s and 80s.

  • Luke Davis
    Luke Davis 8 months ago

    Dear God read The Republic.
    This is like if one of the characters Socrates was arguing the definition of justice was Karl Marx.

  • Pharock
    Pharock 8 months ago


  • Pharock
    Pharock 8 months ago

    Way to much in common?

  • Leland Gill
    Leland Gill 8 months ago +1

    Leland Squad stand up

  • Todd McLeod
    Todd McLeod 8 months ago +1

    Awesome, Leland. I love it. Great!

  • tubester4567
    tubester4567 8 months ago +6

    What if a kid has the opportunity to study, but chooses to stop studying because its too much hard work so he decides to leave school and sell drugs instead??

    • tubester4567
      tubester4567 8 months ago

      @Optimus Phoenix Prime I dont buy it. Theres more than enough evidence, like communism, that when a society gets shit for free, the quality of life goes down sharply for everybody. Most western countries have a welfare system to take care of people who cant succeed in the workforce. The poorest person in the west today lives better than a rich person did 100 years ago. Capitalism has transformed dozens of countries over the last 100 years , and lifted millions out of poverty, like in China.

    • Optimus Phoenix Prime
      Optimus Phoenix Prime 8 months ago

      Capitalism 🕵️‍♀️ Based on differential advantage

    • Optimus Phoenix Prime
      Optimus Phoenix Prime 8 months ago

      tubester4567 🕵️‍♀️

    • Cm
      Cm 8 months ago +2

      tubester4567 well you said it’s too much hard work, the system is failing and it’s going to get worse with automation

  • Tyler Nelson
    Tyler Nelson 8 months ago +8

    I’ve heard some good critiques of the analogy he gave at the end, just saying

  • Master of Intelligence - Official Channel

    *People must live with grace*

  • Gulgathydra
    Gulgathydra 8 months ago +4

    Step 1: Grace 🤪
    Step 2: Grit 👿
    Step 4: Game? 🏟

  • Mickey Thomas
    Mickey Thomas 8 months ago +5

    Whoever dislikes this video sucks, and needs a hug or something

    • Mickey Thomas
      Mickey Thomas 8 months ago

      BH FourTwoEight
      I agree. But not closing my mind because of it. I replace justice/equality with the word ‘opportunity’ Bang on

      LOCAL COPE 8 months ago

      what do you expect, he only got the job because he is black, he only got the interview because he is black. they should have interviewed scott kelly

    • BH FourTwoEight
      BH FourTwoEight 8 months ago +2

      Hmmm... I agree, but the last minute kind of wandered off. I hope he was just having a hard time explaining the point instead of just adding some SJW blather.

  • O'SSÉIN - Master Your Mind With Me

    *How? It begins with defining what values we decide to live by. Holding true to integrity is the sure way to raise our standards with everything.*

    • O'SSÉIN - Master Your Mind With Me
      O'SSÉIN - Master Your Mind With Me 8 months ago +1

      @Mickey Thomas Awesome Mickey. I expect to see your comments on videos and sharing your opinions.
      We develop in discussions. Cheers brother!

    • Mickey Thomas
      Mickey Thomas 8 months ago +1

      O'SSÉIN - Master Your Mind With Me
      Glad my comment on parenting gave you a chuckle. I suspect you immediately read the hyperbole in it. Great minds work the same, even if they don’t always agree with each other. You got some interesting content. I just subbed you. Congrats man

  • zeegoku
    zeegoku 8 months ago +2

    I'll try 😏

    • Eddie W
      Eddie W 8 months ago

      zeegoku don’t try just do it. Remember the only thing that’s holding you back is me