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NASA Astronaut. Former enlisted US Navy SEAL of SEAL Team 3 Task Unit Bruiser, fought in the Battle of Ramadi and Siege of Sadr City, and a former Emergency Medicine Resident of Massachusetts General Hospital. Books that Jonny Kim is mentioned in: "The Talent War" "The Last Punisher" "American Sniper" "A Warrior's Faith"

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I have had zero internet presence and I have intentionally not have had any social media accounts before NASA, and even for the first year and a half at being a NASA, just because I have such a visceral feeling with social media. Not because I'm not trying to blame the platform, because I think we all as humans should take accountability for our actions and how we use our tools, but narcissism is perhaps one of the biggest poisons in our society and narcissism breeds narcissism. And, a lot of times the way I've seen social media used as a platform to promote that, and when children see that self promotion that self idolization, they then want to be youtube stars. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, I think people should pursue their dreams, but I think it requires some self reflection and thoughtfulness as a society of what we value, and when you have narcissism as a valued trait, you are by definition putting yourself above others and I think that is not sustainable for a growing and evolving society, and that's why I find service very sustainable, because by definition, you are putting others before yourself. One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Martin Luther King: Everyone is capable of greatness, not fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.' And, I think sometimes people think the definition success is that everyone in the world knows their name, and I think they're missing the point when that is the goal they're trying to seek. And I sometimes see social media used in that, but I agree with you[Jocko Willink] that when used responsibly, respectfully, tactfully, thoughtfully, it can be a platform for good, and what made me change my mind about actually having a social media - and I'm not very active, I try to make a post a week, - a buddy of mine from the Teams said: 'You know, look, you have an opportunity that most people in this world will never have, and people just want to share in some of what you do and learn about it, and if you are using it responsibly not for self promotion, but to promote others and to share some of the cool science and inspire kids, adults, then you owe it to do that', and that was said to me still about a year before I opened up a platform, but it always stuck with me. And, I guess that's why I have been more okay with with having that because I feel that it can be a force for good when used responsibly.

– Jonny Kim

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I heard about NASA and like, 'Oh, that's kind of interesting', then wonder like other than space exploration, like what you do? And, learning about the impact that NASA can have on our next generation and what Apollo did for our country. I mean, in the '60's, we were able to land a human on the moon with that technology, despite a growing race with Russia and all of the politics going on during that era: Kennedy's assassination, we were able to complete that, in that secured American preeminence in science and technology for decades to come. I certainly believe that, and the benefits we got from that are... You can't count that. In learning a little bit more about that and how astronauts have had the opportunity to represent humanity for good and bringing together countries in a way that politics and alliances cannot do. When you talk to some of the Apollo astronauts who went to the Moon, and they did their international travel, the comment, the feedback they would get from people would be 'We did it. We did it together.' It wasn't, 'You Americans did it.' It was, 'We did it and it was powerful that countries could come together and see that as a human accomplishment. So there's something about space that takes away those borders, because when you're up there, you don't see these distinct borders between countries, you just see a lot of blue and a lot of land. And, you see how fragile the planet is, So once I learned a little bit about that type of impact and that you can have a huge impact on the next generation of explorers, of scientists, of people who want to be a better version of themselves, maybe I could reach out to those kids, just like me, who are scared, tired, who don't think they can amount to anything. Who don't think they're worth anything. If I can reach out to them, and let them know that, Hey, it doesn't matter where you're from, With the right attitude, or the right hard work, if you get up every time you fail, you can amount to something and you can do positive work. You can leave a good impact, a positive mark for our world. That meant a lot to me, and that's when I put my name in the hat and wanted to be an astronaut, because it was completely consistent with my goals that I promised Mikey Monsoor, Marc Lee, Ryan job, a long list of our brothers who are not here with us today, that I would, for the rest of my life, do something to impact positive good in our world.

– Jonny Kim

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