Monday, December 7, 2015

Of course, failure is an option

"Failure is not an option." NASA never said this, but it ended up in the script for Apollo 13, according to Robert D. Behn, a lecturer at the JFK School of Govt at Harvard, writing in Govt Executive magazine.

Of course, failure is an option--it happens all the time. I think it was Thomas Edison who said, "What do you mean I don't know anything--I know 5,000 things that don't work."

Tom failed--a lot. But you have the lights on, don't you? So did Lincoln, Churchill, Henry Ford, Isaac Newton, Darwin, Beethoven, Steve jobs and Bill Gates.

In fact, failure precedes almost all success.We can't always invent, on the first try, a perfect solution.

Experimentation means failure of experiments as well as success.

In science, we consider a "guess" a hypothesis. Sounds better, doesn't it? Acting on this guess then most often results in failure.

But when success comes, it's that much sweeter. That is me talking, not that Harvard guy.

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