Like many people I’m hesitant to take on jobs if I don’t already know a lot about the subject I’ll be working with. I’ll defer to someone who claims to know more than I do.
This often leads me to miss out on opportunities, as I’m also prone to underestimate my own expertise.
Eilene Galloway was instrumental in creating the International Institute of Space Law and
can claim credit for helping to create the agency that landed humans on the moon.
Galloway was interesting in a brief video clip I saw, but one sentence struck me in particular (my emphasis):
In 1958, then-U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson asked [Eilene Galloway] to help with Congressional hearings that led to the creation of NASA and America’s entry into the Space Race. “The only thing I knew about outer space at that time,” she said, “was that the cow had jumped over the Moon.”
I guess Galloway took that cow by the horns, and we’re all the better for it. That’s inspiring!