The Right Stuff

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Jennyffer Acevedo
October 2, 2010
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The Right Stuff

The right stuff is a very vague term in the movie “The Right Stuff”. When it comes to identifying what the right stuff is we have look at what the ‘right stuff’ is for these pilots like Chuck Yager and what the ‘right stuff’ is for the other new pilots who decide to fly these planes as well. We can also analyze what the ‘right stuff’ is for the United States in terms of searching for a good astronaut and how this ‘right stuff’ contrasts to the views that the first pilots have of what the right stuff would be. In explaining these differences I will explain for each group what I believe the ‘right stuff’ consists of in terms of motivation, and abilities.

For pilots like Chuck Yager the ‘right stuff’ is something that you’re born with. It is not something that is acquired through nurture but it is a part of your nature. In the movie “The Right Stuff” the general is looking for someone to go into the sky and wants to offer an extrinsic reward of $150,000. In terms of motivation this is not ‘the right stuff’ for Yager because we can clearly see how he declines the offer of money and decides to do it simply for something intrinsic. I believe his motivation is for personal achievement and success. If we think of this in terms of a job there are people who stay motivated to fulfill their duties for the money and there are others who do it because it fulfills their inner self. Therefore in terms of motivation the ‘right stuff’ is more of a set of intrinsic needs that need to be met and define whether you have the right reasons like Chuck Yager to do a task. These reasons included in the ‘right stuff’ must come for emotional and personal satisfaction.

Also when we look at the motivation we have to analyze what is the ‘right stuff’ Chuck Yager and for these emerging new pilots. According to the movie “The Right Stuff” In 1953 at the Edwards Air Force Base there are pilots doing this not for...
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