Astronaut Gives Amazing Speech On How To Conquer Your Biggest Fears

Jennifer Welsh

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield recently gave some fantastic life advice during a mind-blowing talk in Vancouver at TED 2014.

He started the talk by asking: "What's the scariest thing you've ever done?"

Hadfield has done more scary things than the average person. When he took his first shuttle flight in 1979 the odds of catastrophic failure were 1 in 38.

"Why would we take that risk? Why would you do something that dangerous? In my case it's fairly straightforward. I was inspired as a youngster that this is what I wanted to do." he said.

It has to do with thinking about the real risk, he said. Hadfield used the fear of spiders as an example. There are only 24 venomous spiders out of the 50,000 species known, he said. Specifically, in Vancouver, there's one venomous spider that isn't deadly but delivers a nasty sting. So, if you are even slightly careful, you can avoid getting bitten.

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