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A Quarter Million Steps

Creativity, Imagination, & Leading Transformative Change

Anthony Paustian, Ph.D. Sara Stibitz Alfred Worden

232 pages
Bookpress Publishing

Drawing inspiration from the epic story of the Apollo Moon Program, collected research, and his own life experiences, Dr. Anthony Paustian outlines the many small steps it takes to create success in life. With the practical tools described in this imaginative, easy-to-read book, Dr. Paustian teaches the principles of creative expression, imagineering, strong leadership, focus, a solid work ethic, and so much more. After reading this book, you'll have the tools to set effective and achievable goals and know how to invoke your own personal leadership to accomplish them. He teaches you less about what to think and more about how to think.

A Quarter Million Steps is a work of non-fiction in the self-help/self-leadership genre. The book is unique in that to discuss these important personal and organization issues, it uses the imagery and innovation of the Apollo Moon Program from the 1960s as a metaphor for success. The author has a personal relationship with many of the men who made that epic voyage thus providing him some detailed insight as to how the Apollo Program provides lessons that should serve as an example today. With the approaching 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing in 2019, it's timely to both reflect on and reapply those lessons.

Author Bio

PERSONAL DATA: The son of Merrill and Helen Worden, he was born in Jackson, Michigan, on February 7, 1932. Married to Jill Lee Worden (Hotchkiss). Three children. Recreational interests include bowling, water skiing, golf and racquet ball.

EDUCATION: Attended Dibble, Griswold, Bloomfield and East Jackson grade schools and completed his secondary education at Jackson High School: Received a bachelor of military science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1955 and master of science degrees in Astronautical/Aeronautical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1963. Received honorary doctorate of science in Astronautical Engineering from University of Michigan in 1971.

EXPERIENCE: Worden was graduated from the United States Military Academy in June 1955 and, after being commissioned in the Air Force, received flight training at Moore Air Base, Texas; Laredo air Force Base, Texas; and Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Prior to his arrival for duty at the Johnson Space Center, he served as an instructor at the Aerospace Research Pilots School-- from which he graduated in September 1965. He is also a February 1965 graduate of the Empire Test Pilots School in Farnborough, England. He attended Randolph Air Force Base Instrument Pilots Instructor School in 1963 and served as a pilot and armament officer from March 1957 to May 1961 with the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. He has logged more than 4,000 hours flying time--which includes 2,500 hours in jets.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Worden was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He served as a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 9 flight and as backup command module pilot for the Apollo 12 flight. Worden served as command module pilot for Apollo 15, July 26 - August 7, 1971. His companions on the flight were David R. Scott, spacecraft commander, and James B. Irwin, lunar module commander. Apollo 15 was the fourth manned lunar landing mission and the first to visit and explore the moon's Hadley Rille and Apennene Mountains which are located on the southeast edge of the Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains). Apollo 15 achievements include: Largest payloads placed in earth and lunar orbits; first scientific instrument module bay flown and operated on an Apollo spacecraft; longest lunar surface stay time (the lunar module, "Falcon," remained on ground for 66 hours and 54 minutes); longest lunar surface EVA (Scott and Irwin logged 18 hours and 35 minutes each during three excursions onto the lunar surface); longest distance traversed on lunar surface; first use of lunar roving vehicle; first use of a lunar surface navigation device (mounted on Rover-1); first subsatellite launched in lunar orbit; and first EVA from a command module during transearth coast. Scott and Irwin collected approximately 171 pounds of lunar surface materials on their three expeditions onto the lunar surface; and Worden logged 38 minutes in extravehicular activity outside the command module, "Endeavour." In completing his three excursions to "Endeavour's" scientific instrument module bay, Worden retrieved film cassettes from the panoramic and mapping cameras and reported his personal observations of the general condition of equipment housed there. Apollo 15 concluded with a Pacific splashdown and subsequent recovery by the USS OKINAWA. In completing his space flight, Worden logged 295 hours and 11 minutes in space. During 1972-1973, Worden was Senior Aerospace Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, and from 1973 to 1975, he was chief of the Systems Study Division at Ames. After retirement from active duty in 1975, Worden became President of Maris Worden Aerospace, Inc., and is currently Staff Vice-President of BG Goodrich Aerospace Brecksville, Ohio.

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Dr. Anthony Paustian has a distinctive background including a unique mix of education in educational psychology, business administration, design, and technology. This education, along with decades of professional experience in strategic leadership and marketing, has provided him a broad understanding of what actually works in daily practice.

After his Air Force days on F-111s to building national brands, Dr. Paustian was given an uncommon opportunity in life ;to design and build a college campus from scratch. Since that time, the Des Moines Area Community College West Des Moines Campus has appeared in national media including CNN, CNBC, Wired, USA Today, NPR and has won awards for its leadership in innovation including being featured on the InfoWorld 100 List (#51) of the nation's most innovative organizations. Through it all, Dr. Paustian has had the privilege to serve as leader and coach to a very talented group of staff and faculty who have worked to make the campus a unique learning environment.

In 2006, Dr. Paustian created the Celebrate! Innovation Exhibition; a new type of campus learning environment where students are surrounded by the stories of great innovators through larger-than-life visuals, exhibits, and through an annual Celebrate! Innovation Week (ciWeek) where the people behind the stories come from all over the world to tell those stories firsthand. The Celebrate! Innovation Exhibition is currently on the Iowa Department of Tourism's list of places to visit.

Dr. Paustian has written a number of books including Imagine! (©1997 Simon & Schuster), Bridging the Gap (©2002 Paradigm Publishing), and Beware the Purple People Eaters: A Personal Look at Leadership (©2012 BookPress Publishing). His most recent book, A Quarter-Million Steps (©2017 BookPress Publishing), takes the lessons he learned from his conversations with many of the men who made the quarter-million mile trek to the Moon along with much of his personal life experience and applies them as a metaphoric call to action in the areas of creativity, imagineering, strong leadership, perception, a solid work ethic, teamwork, focus, and so much more.