Andrew's Open Road
Your life is a gift. No one has the right to tell you how to use that gift. And no one has the right to try and place you into a mold or into a position that they see right for you.
- He doesn't consider his job a "job"; calls it his "hobby," something he loves to do and think about.
- Had been doing high-powered imaging of bacteria while working on his Ph.D.
- Saw NASA's images of what they claimed were traces of bacteria on a meteorite from Mars.
- Tracked down the names of the scientists on the project, swore he could give them better microscopic images.
- They sent him a piece of the meteorite, he followed through on his claim, and they offered him a job.
- Big proponent of "fake it 'til you make it" - dealt with NASA as "Dr. Steele," had only had his Ph.D. for three weeks.
- Never dreamed he'd be working for NASA or "changing the world"; he just always liked what he studied.
- Stresses our great gift is life; we're all made up of "exploding stardust," and you had a "ridiculously" low probability of being human, of being you.