I wanted to share something a little extra with my Patreon supporters – something that won’t be going in the public post I’m about to publish about my Mars One selection preparations. 

I’ve spent a lot of time working out how to be Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually prepared for the next selection phase, and most of it boils down the some key basics that I need to remind myself of every day. So while you can read the lengthy public post about my preparations, it’s actually these two small print-outs glued to my journal that I refer to every day. 

The front cover is simple personal reminders for each of James Altucher’s Four Steps , the “Four Agreements” laid out by Don Miguel Ruiz, and 6 little sayings I’ve picked up myself. Finally there’s 5 aspects I look for in an “ideal” partner” – even though there’s no such thing as an “ideal partner”, the aspects are more reflective about who *I* want to be as a person.

Front Cover Transcript


  • Sweat for 20mins every day
  • Go for walks
  • Sleep early & Drink water


  • Writing 1000+ words every day
  • Ukulele every day
  • Draw every day
  • List what you did today & do tomorrow


  • Meet every day with unbridled excitement
  • Always be honest & Smile at people
  • Rule of thirds: Cut what drags, Explaining is draining, Avoid arguing


  • Be Disciplined & Breathe
  • Meditate every day with the Little Zen Companion
  • Record moments of synchronicity


Four Agreements

  1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
  3. Don’t Make Assumptions
  4. Always Do Your Best

To Live By

  • Here & Now – There are no ordinary moments
  • Cheerfulness in the face of adversity
  • Live every day with untiring & unflinching excitement
  • Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.
  • Do the basics really well & watch the horizon
  • You can’t own what you can’t carry

Ideal Partner

  • Ginger space unicorn
  • Always up to mischief
  • Love of Doing, not results
  • Self-Aware & Self-Reflective
  • Creative Muse


The journal’s much more colourful back cover has all the qualities listed on Mars One’s “Astronaut Requirements” page, a short list of study material, two big questions to keep me focused on living in the present with purpose, and my three big priorities for this year that are only indirectly related to preparing for Mars One.

Back Cover Transcript

Ready For Mars One Training

  1. Resiliency
    • Your thought processes are persistent
    • You persevere and remain productive
    • You see the connection between your internal and external self
    • You are at your best when things are at their worst
    • You have an indomitable spirit
    • You understand the purpose of actions may not be clear in the moment, but there is good reason – you trust those who guide you
    • You have a “Can do!” attitude
  2. Adaptability
    • You adapt to situations and individuals, while taking into account the context of the situation
    • You know your boundaries, and how/when to extend them
    • You are open and tolerant of ideas and approaches different to your own
    • You draw from the unique nature of individual cultural backgrounds
  3. Curiosity
    • You ask questions to understand, not just to get answers
    • You are transferring knowledge to others, not simply showcasing what you know or what others do not
  4. Ability to Trust
    • You trust in yourself and maintain trust in others
    • Your trust is built on good judgment
    • You have self-informed trust
    • Your reflection on previous experiences helps to inform the exchange of trust
  5. Creativity/Resourcefulness
    • You are flexible in how an issue/problem/situation is approached
    • You are not constrained by the way you were initially taught when seeking situations
    • Your humour is a creative resource, used appropriately as an emerging contextual response
    • You have a good sense of play and spirit of playfulness
    • You are aware of different forms of creativity

What would you do if you were leaving for Mars in 40 days?

What is your deep sense of purpose? What is your “why”?


  • Shackleton’s Way
  • Mars One Study PDFs
  • Mars One website
  • Kindle & PDF Psych Study
  • Optional: C/C+ Coding Course, MIT Astronautics Course, Herzog’s Masterclass

To Do: Publish Book, Melbourne Donations, 101 Things 


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