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Women of Impact

Oct 30, 2019

Ground-breaking astronaut, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Anousheh Ansari is used to accomplishing the impossible. This is a woman who sold a business she and her husband created for $750 million, resisted cultural enormous cultural pressure in order to become an astronaut, and eventually became the first person to blog from space. On this episode of Women of Impact with Lisa Bilyeu, Anousheh Ansari describes her devotion to maintaining an optimistic outlook, explains how to overcome obstacles and excuses, and talks about how her perspective on life changed by being in space.

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“Following your dreams is always a challenge, but I wouldn’t want it any other way” [2:52]

Anousheh explains how she kept her dream in the forefront even when she put it on hold [4:55]

“Finding excuses is the easiest thing in the world” [6:40]

Lisa and Anousheh discuss overcoming obstacles and refusing to use excuses [7:51]

Anousheh advocates that things will change, and that things will get better [10:37]

Anousheh avoids complaining and quitting by focusing on living without regrets [12:18]

Anousheh describes an X Prize exercise where you imagine the future you desire [15:21]

Anousheh describes the difficult journey towards becoming an astronaut [17:44]

Anousheh says that when someone tells her she can’t do something, it motivates her [22:08]

Anousheh describes the cultural pressures young women face in Iran and the US [25:06]

Lisa and Anousheh discuss the decision to not have children [26:45]

Anousheh talks about blogging from space [31:06]

Anousheh explains how her perspective on life changed by being in space [34:16]

Anousheh advocates always promoting your passion for doing good [37:59]

Anousheh shares her superpower [41:28]