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About Ozan


Ozan Varol standing by a body of waterHi, I’m Ozan. I’m the author of the bestselling book Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life. I’m a husband. Dog father. Law professor. Soccer lover. Movie watcher who still gets Netflix DVDs in the mail.

I’m dedicated to helping people like you to reimagine the status quo. I believe that outdated conventional wisdom holds us back. I believe that society has seduced us into assuming that flying lower is safer than flying higher, that coasting is better than soaring, and that small dreams are wiser than bigger ones. I believe that reimagining—not just resisting—the status quo is the key to unlocking our full potential.

The 40,000+ members of my email list span multiple industries. They’re New York Times bestselling authors, lawyers, musicians, executives, doctors, and constitutional court judges. But above all, they’re pioneers and rebels. They have a passion for challenging deeply held views about how the world works. They know they can’t get ahead if they simply follow what others are doing.

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My Official Bio

Ozal Varol smilingHere’s my bio, written in the third person–you know, so it sounds less pompous.

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Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor and author.

A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Ozan grew up in a family of no English speakers. He learned English as a second language and moved to the United States by himself at 17 to attend Cornell University and major in astrophysics.

While there, he served on the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers project that sent two rovers–Spirit and Opportunity–to Mars. He built stuff that went to the red planet and wrote code that snaps photos of the Martian surface.

Ozan then pivoted and went to law school. He graduated first in his class, earning the highest grade point average in his law school’s history.

Ozan has been called a “true original” by Adam Grant and dubbed a “superhero” by Dan Pink. His work has been described as “must read” by Susan Cain and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time, BBC, CNN, Fast Company, Washington Post, and more.

He’s the author of Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life. The book is:

  • One of’s “6 Business Books You Need to Read in 2020 (according to Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, and Adam Grant)”
  • One of Amazon’s Top 20 business books of 2020
  • Adam Grant’s # 1 pick of his top 20 leadership books of 2020
  • One of 6 Groundbreaking Books of Spring 2020 (according to Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant).

Ozan is a sought-after speaker. He’s given countless radio and television interviews, and delivered keynote speeches both to small and large crowds at major corporations, nonprofits, and government institutions. If you’re interested in having Ozan speak at your event, check out his speaking page.

What others are saying

If you’re interested in absorbing complex issues, learning how to attack a concept from multiple angles, or simply seeing the world for what it is, read anything with ‘Ozan Varol’ on the by-line.


It will stretch your brain in ways that you didn’t know you were ready for and always offers something you didn’t know you wanted. It’s the only mass email that I look forward to.


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