The Ansari XPRIZE was a $10 million competition for the world’s first privately made spaceship. This is a $100,000 competition to inspire you to promote and sell an inspiring new book that tells the story of the XPRIZE and the private race to space. We want to challenge you to get How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight into the hands of people who love a great underdog story and need inspiration in their own lives. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson wrote the foreword to the book, and famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking provided the afterword. We've lined up the most amazing prizes to inspire and motivate you in this challenge. We want you to have fun with this. We want to try new ways to spread the word about books.
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The story of How to Make a Spaceship by bestselling author Julian Guthrie focuses on entrepreneur Peter Diamandis' journey in creating the Ansari XPRIZE, and ushering in a new era of private spaceflight. Peter’s journey began with his love of space, but his inspiration was sparked by the gift of a book, The Spirit of St. Louis. The How to Make a Spaceship Challenge follows this model. The hope is that this book will inspire a new generation of pioneers. As Diamandis said, “The gift of a book opened up my life. I hope that the gift of How to Make a Spaceship will help inspire the next generation.”
As you sign up for this challenge and learn about the story of How to Make a Spaceship, think about these questions: Who in your life needs inspiration? Who is in a dead-end job? Who do you know who is dreaming of building something that doesn’t exist? Who has been told “no” too many times and needs to read a story of perseverance? Who are the biggest geeks, nerds, space and aviation buffs you know? These are the people who should read How to Make a Spaceship.
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The Need for Inspiration: More on Why This Story is Important
Throughout history, breakthroughs have been made by the misfits, the rebels, those who see what others don't -- the Thomas Edisons, Charles Lindberghs, the Richard Bransons.
Yet our children are also programmed to color within the lines. They constantly hear, "Do as you're told."
It's no surprise, then, that too many adults find themselves in a world of complacency, where dreams and passion are a thing of the past.
We need to do a better job of sharing a message that is at the heart of How to Make a Spaceship: that reward comes through taking risks. This book is filled with unforgettable stories of risk takers: inventors, rocket hobbyists, space enthusiasts, engineering students, test pilots, and plane designers.
Today’s budding entrepreneurs, makers and tinkerers who will eventually create a bigger, better future need inspiration, mentorship and validation to persevere and transform their "crazy ideas" into concrete goals and actions. Without this, they'll set their dreams aside for another day... or never.
Finding breakthroughs, finding fulfillment, is hard work. It can be scary. But it's passion, tenacity, and inspiration that will get us to a better future.
The Solution – Push for Change, Encourage “Crazy” Ideas
Instead of telling talented young minds -- and our adult peers, friends, colleagues and family -- to fall in line, to keep toiling away in that steady job... what if we simply changed the assignment, and changed the rules?
How to Make a Spaceship is exactly the inspiration the next generation of audacious thinkers needs. (For more on the book, click through these tabs!)
As author Julian Guthrie said, “I hope this story is an inspiration. I hope that when you get to the end of this story, you set down the book and feel like you can go out and do something impossible in your own life.”
Priceless Experiences Include:
While we're taking advance orders for How to Make a Spaceship as part of this challenge, the book's actual publication date is September 20. This is the earliest date for Amazon and other retailers to ship physical copies of the book.
We recommend you communicate these dates to your community, so that they have an accurate expectation of when they'll get this inspiring book.
Innovative, creative minds will draw their own inspiration from How to Make a Spaceship, but for author Julian Guthrie, the book's five key themes are:
Three key reasons to participate in the How to Make a Spaceship Challenge:
Many of our prizes are meant to be shared. If you compete as a team, think of the prizes you want to win. If you are a model rocket association, would you want the meeting with Burt Rutan? If you are a group of pilots, or students interested in aviation, wouldn't it be amazing to talk with Erik Lindbergh, the grandson of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh? If you love adventure and dream of going to space, go for one of those three seats in zero gravity with Peter Diamandis. Sell as a team and flip a coin for who gets to fly like a superhero. If you are a group of girls interested in space or technology, or a group of women entrepreneurs, think about a private talk with Anousheh Ansari.
Once you have registered for the challenge, the Amazon affiliate link will appear just below the timeline on the page:
Just copy and paste the full URL to send it to friends, family, colleagues, or anyone else via email or social media sites.
No. Anyone who clicks on your Amazon link and purchases the book will have their sale recorded under your name. There is a leader board feature on the right side of the challenge page that displays who has sold the most books: