Carl Sagan

What Can We Learn From Carl Sagan

Well, you will be shocked at how many people spend time on unnecessary things rather than on important tasks.

Of course at the end of the day, when the guilt of time would begin to eat us up- we all double back and give the go-to excuse of “there was no time” as to why we couldn't do the needful.

Fortunately, not everybody wastes time- same actually try- and they attempt to do as much as they can. Unfortunately, these people also often realize that no matter how hard they try- there is always never enough time.

In essence, time management is a big problem, one that most people struggle with. However, there are certain people who seem to always have enough time to do what they love to do- and churn out a high quantity of work. An example is Carl Segan, the subject of this article.

Carl Sagan is one of the most successful people of the last century. He was curious about the universe, and extraterrestrial life and worked hard to unravel space mysteries.

He has written over 20 books on science and published over 600 scientific papers.
So, how did he manage his time? And how was he able to write so many books and publish papers on such critical things that require time and dedication?

The Attitude Of Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan lived for 62 years, but in all those years, whether sick or tired, he made no excuses and worked daily. He was not only busy with one thing, but he juggled so many things at the same time. He was a professor, writer, astronomer, scientist, and inventor.

Surely, anyone with these many responsibilities has no time distractions. Anyone who has produced the level of excellent work that Carl has to his name would have a system where they analyze things to their tiny details.

They would have to understand complicated things to PUT them simply and logically so that non-scientist could understand them without any difficulty.

So, the first thing we learn from Carl Sagan and his endeavors is to become obsessed with your tasks, so much that you don't have time for distractions. 

The old advice fit here correctly.
One of the biggest ironies is that really proactive people always have their hands filled. There is always a new adventure, an assignment, or a task viewing for their attention.
Carl Sagan’s passion to solve complex things and explain them in the simplest way is unmatched. Understanding the universe and its vast mysteries or things is not particularly a fancy.
Before Carl Sagan, nobody had done such types of rigorous thinking on space science and astronomy.
However, Carl Sagan flourished in this path because of the passion he had for the field. He was unmatched. He gave all he had to it and released an unimaginable amount of projects on the niche.

So, the second thing to learn from him is that we should choose the tasks we are most passionate about. The more passion you have for something, the easier it would be for you to dedicate all your time to it.

The Most Popular Works of Carl Sagan

As a space physicist and scientist, Carl Sagan attempted to find out answers to critical space mysteries. He wrote extensively to put his knowledge and insights in words for further study for the generations to come. 

His 600 scientific papers in this 233 pages book are carefully stored in the Library of Congress which is accessible to people who have an interest in astronomy and space. 

If you're not that old, you probably have seen the Television Series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” one of the most popular TV series of the 80s, based on the book of the same name Cosmos written by Carl Sagan.

His most popular science fiction book; Contact on which a feature film has been made in 1997 has been one of the most popular films of his acclaimed work. 

Some of the most popular books written by Carl Sagan are The Dragons of Edena non-fiction book that has earned him the Pulitzer Prize. Also, Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record.

One of the most important paragraphs that is full of insight and wisdom from one of his most popular books ' Billions & Billions is:

"The prediction I can make with the highest confidence is that the most amazing discoveries will be the ones we are not today wise enough to foresee."

Before 1969 nobody had thought that one day we will safely visit the Moon, and unravel many theories and mysteries. But, in July of 1969, we safely landed there, stayed there for over 21 hours, and did many things not even imagined earlier. It was a dream come true.

Humans have gone far beyond their imaginations. Fiction became a reality. Many of our thoughts, now in fantasy, will become a reality. Truly we can become what we want.


Buddha said we become what we continuously think, speak, and act. And we have full control over us.

We can change the way we think. We can learn to be productive and manage our time well by following the paths of those who have gone ahead of us. 

Remember, he who walks with foolish becomes foolish, but he who keeps a friend that is wise will become wise.