Does this sound familiar? You make a goal and set out to try to achieve it. Something goes wrong, put a band-aid on  it. Something is broken…figure out a quick fix and keep moving on. Something doesn’t quite work…no time to start over, keep building.

So many of us are so eager to keep moving forward, that we create lives that are less than extraordinary. We keep patching holes as little things go wrong. We ignore mistakes and fear failure, not wanting to start over. We settle for “good enough” because greatness seems out of reach.

Moonshot thinking, challenges this all too common practice. When our country decided to go to the moon, we set our goals without any plans or knowledge on how they were going to be achieved. It wasn’t about making sure every little detail was planned. We accepted that there would be struggle and failure along the way. However, all great achievements in our world start with putting fear and doubt aside and thinking big. What can be done, if we don’t know it can’t be done? What are the possibilities we can accomplish, if we don’t believe in the impossible.

Moonshot thinking is a powerful idea that is used at Google, who is working to solve the world’s really big issues. It’s not about little changes. It’s not about putting a band-aid on the problems, just so we can keep moving forward. It’s about throwing out the old ways of doing things, and starting over. It’s about choosing to be bothered by what isn’t being done, what can’t be done, and setting out to do it.

You can learn more about the philosophy behind Moonshot thinking from an organization called Solve for X. This podcast episode starts with the audio from one of their informational videos about Moonshot thinking. From there, we discuss this powerful line of thinking and how we can apply it in education.

Please share your ideas for Moonshot thinking in education in the comments below…Enjoy!