Astrophysicists study the nature of our universe — a place too huge and magnificent for a single human mind to fully understand — and although that might make some feel small, Neil deGrasse Tyson hiself has said that the knowledge he's gained over the years as an astrophysicist makes him feel not small, but big. To Neil deGrasse Tyson, knowledge is crucial to leading a successful, important life. Even after publishing almost a dozen books, narrating an awesome series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and directing the Hayden Planetarium in New York, deGrasse Tyson still searches for something new to learn every day, he recently spoke to 60 Minutes writer Charlie Rose. Here are some fundamentally important life lessons that he says are his constant bases of motivation. "One of them is every day try to lessen the suffering of others by however amount," he told Rose.
The way Neil deGrasse Tyson does this is through his role as a famous science educator. As host of the a popular podcast StarTalk Radio and Cosmos star, Neil deGrasse Tyson struggles to make the marvels of the universe available to all. If you comprehend your connection to the cosmos — that we are all made of the same material as the tens of billions of stars in our own galaxy — then that understanding provides you a sense of significance and connection that you might never feel otherwise. And, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson, feeling significant in the world is what we, as a species, look for in life. He told Rose. "Also I try to learn something today that I did not know yesterday, Why not? There's so much to learn." Several studies have showed that people who frequently experience admiration in their lives usually feel less worried, more humble, and more satisfied too. So it's in our best concern to seek out those exceptional quirks that awe and motivate us as we learn more about life and the cosmos.
Last, but not least, Neil deGrasse Tyson attempts to live his life by following the advice of a 19th Century American politician and teacher, Horace Mann: "Be ashamed to die until you've scored some victory for humanity." DeGrasse Tyson repeated Mann's words with his own. He told Rose "You want the world to be a slightly better place for you having lived in it. If you have the power and the influence to make it a slightly better place and you don't, what kind of life is that?"
When deGrasse Tyson saw Mann's quote for the very first time, he decided that he would struggle to one day justify those words as his epitaph. And I personally think, to some extent, he's doing a pretty good job so far.