What is the meaning of the phrase ‘shoot for the moon and if …

  • It’s a nice little phrase that says even if you don’t attain your original goal, you can still have success. It would probably be better for people to just say that, as the phrase doesn’t really make sense.

    The single closest star to us is the sun, which is still many times further away than the moon.

    The closest stars are in Alpha Centauri, 4 light years away.

    If we applied the quote literally to how our universe is, it would be, “if you don’t hit your goal, you may eventually go much farther past it and do something even greater”.

    I think more sensible sounding inspiration would just be that it’s better to try then not to try.

    What it says to me is probably not what was intended. To me it says, “check your calculations ahead of time, lest you become hopelessly lost in space forever.”

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    This is a quote by Norman Vincent Peale.

    “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

    It can be interpreted that

    If you’re aiming for something, even if you don’t achieve it, you’ll still be somewhere better than where you started.

    or that

    You can achieve other great things while trying to do your first, even if you don’t achieve your original goal.

    If you miss your goal then you will be in a vacuum among fireballs, where you cannot breathe and will die instantly.

    Not to be too literal, but the phrase needs work.

    If you shoot for the moon and miss, you’ll still be nowhere near any stars. Both the moon and earth are equally distant from the nearest star – the sun.

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    The men’s shoes for walking and standing all day without discomfort.

    It means, if you don’t understand orbital mechanics you will probably be stuck in a heliocentric orbit.

    All these answers are wrong:

    The quote is linked to the pursuit of fame.

    Do not aim to be famous (aiming to be among the stars)

    Aim for a bigger goal, bigger than yourself something that will benefit the world in some significant way, by chasing fame with tunnel vision you leave less time for you to dedicate towards your true goals and the ways that will help you achieve greatness and personal refinement because in pursuing fame you forget to pursue your passion.

    So aim high, higher than you are currently and let that be the driving force of your passion and let fame be a by-product of that passion.


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    Given the background of the man who helped the US reach the moon, a more historically accurate formulation might be “if you shoot for the moon, sometimes you hit London.”

    But to answer the question, no, I don’t believe the saying.

    What it’s trying to say is that if you’re ambitious in your goals, you’ll achieve more even if you don’t reach the goal.

    It might occcasionally be true. But it might also be that if you focus all your efforts on an unobtainable goal, you squander your resources and end up accomplishing nothing.

    And sometimes, when you’re not too careful about your methods or the company you keep, even if you do reach the moon you hit London along the way.

    Theodore Roosevelt put it best:

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    It means you fail while daring greatly.

    Literally, it means you float in space until your oxygen runs out.

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