Finding Success in Changing Times: Sign Me Up!

“Success in changing times?” That sounds nice. I’ll have some of that! If only it were that easy, but it’s not.

Finding success in changing times doesn’t just happen, and there is no magic formula. Staying out in front of change can be a very precarious dance.

Hubble astrophysicist Dr. Jeff Hester is a coach, keynote speaker, and thought partner.

Dr. Jeff Hester standing in front of the Hubble Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. Dr. Hester was a member of three Hubble Space Telescope instrument teams, and played a key role on the team that repaired the telescope. Time Magazine named his Hubble image, “The Pillars of Creation,” one of the 100 most influential photographs in history.

Finding success in changing times isn’t something that you do once and have it over with. Instead, succeeding in the face of change is an ongoing process. It has to be. That is what “change” means! Yesterday’s recipe for success might not work today. And today’s recipe for success might not work tomorrow.

Change doesn’t play fair. It doesn’t tap you on the shoulder to warn you, and it doesn’t stop to let you catch up. To stay out in front of change you have to see it coming. Finding success in changing times is something that you have to do every single day. It has to become a habit.

When it comes right down to it, the hardest and usually the scariest part of finding success in changing times is that it requires us to change! That means changing what we think. It means changing what we do. And most importantly it means constantly reassessing what we know.




  • “It is easy for me to be lavish in my praise of Dr. Jeff Hester. To my mind he is one of the best “explainers” in our midst today… He is a front-runner among those whose willingness and ability allow them to cross the walls of different fields. His handling of Q & A sessions is masterful, and audiences he interacts with find their time has been more than worthwhile. I believe him to be motivated by impulse deeper than his career: the promotion of ideas that further the health and potential of our society.”

    Hugh Downs

    Emmy Award Winning Broadcaster

  • “Jeff has a rare combination of extraordinary intelligence and the ability to take extremely complex topics and make them consumable for the masses. His broad range of experience makes him a valuable part of any team because he approaches every problem or situation in a unique way. Most importantly, Jeff listens. He hears what you have to say before providing constructive feedback and has a clear passion for helping others to learn and succeed.”

    Barret Howell

    Regional Sales Manager


  • “The whole affair was a home run… The real highlight of the evening was Dr. Hester. He held the audience in absolute stunned silence as he described the relationships of the universe and beyond. A fantastic presentation. He nailed it.”

    Russell Violett

    Major General, US Air Force (ret)

  • “Dr. Jeff Hester is loved and respected for his ability to communicate his message effectively and understandably. He is universally well received. . . Dr. Hester is a delight to work with.”

    Gena Bonsal

    Director, Office of Presidential Advancement

    Arizona State University

  • “Dr. Jeff Hester coached me through one of the most difficult career decisions I have ever faced. With his help, I was able to identify and articulate my ultimate goals and set priorities. With Jeff’s guidance, I was finally able to come to a decision that was in alignment with my core values; one that is in my personal and professional best interest. Subsequently, Jeff has helped me identify obstacles and methods to address them, and establish a clear path forward.”

    Melissa Morris

    Associate Professor

    State University of New York

  • “Dr. Jeff Hester was a hit at our summer leadership conference. He is a five-star speaker with a practical, hard-hitting message that goes to the core of what makes businesses succeed and fail. I think that everyone in the room felt like he was talking to them personally. I hope to see him again at another of our meetings!”

    Julie Courtney

    Senior Vice President

    Independent Bankers Association of Texas

  • “My work with Jeff has had immediate and obvious benefits to me professionally. It is stretching and challenging me in unexpected ways, and it’s fun! Jeff is a fantastic coach.”

    Andrew Westphal

    Senior Research Fellow

    Space Sciences Laboratory

    University of California – Berkeley

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Over his 30 year career as an internationally known astrophysicist, Dr. Jeff Hester was a key member of the team that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope. With one foot always on the frontiers of knowledge, he has been mentor, coach, team leader, award-winning teacher, administrator and speaker, to name a few of the hats he has worn. His Hubble image, the Pillars of Creation, was chosen by Time Magazine as among the 100 most influential photographs in history.
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