It is ok . . .

Working with a scientist I was surprised to hear them say that they expect to fail more than they succeed, and also fascinated by the notion that every failure takes him a step closer to finding the answer to a solution.

And in one fell swoop it blew out of the water the phrase I’d known and loved for many years: Failure is not an option (Gene Kranz).

So I had a rethink.  How about these ideas, instead:

  • Failure is an option here.  If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough” (Elon Musk)
  • I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” (Thomas Edison)
  • There’s no good or bad, there’s just different” (my scientist friend).

My new mantra?

  • Failure’s OK, and trying’s better” (me)

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