Failure is not an option



Failure is NOT an option!

~ Flight Director Gene Kranz in Ron Howard’s movie Apollo 13

What a great movie. What a great real-life story of survival and determination. Ingenuity and thinking out of that darn box! And in the big picture, I like the quote as an inspirational statement of fortitude.   If we’re talking about your vision for a better world, “failure is not an option!”

But, if you look at it on a smaller scale, and consider the multiple efforts and attempts you will make at steps along the way, I totally disagree. Well, not totally…

Failure is not an option, it’s a necessity.

You have to try and try again. Even the astronauts struggling to find a way to make it home tried more than one solution and failed over and over again.

Don’t confuse your small failures along the way with not achieving the vision. That’s part of the beauty of having a large scale vision.

Remember, your vision will change the world!


Don’t let your success lead you to fail

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Nearly all people can stand adversity, but if you want to test a person’s character, give them power
–  Abraham Lincoln

Visionaries (you and I) start out lamenting and worrying over how we will deal with all of the barriers and roadblocks placed in our path.  We stress out over the naysayers and battle against the protagonists.  But these struggles are nothing compared with success. 

When your vision is coming true.  When you can see that the world is moving smoothly toward your vision, it will become even harder for you to cope.  It is truly a test of a person’s character.  Think about when you’ve been in charge.  When others are waiting to follow you. 

These are really scary moments.  These are the times when your mettle will be truly tested.

So, don’t relax.  Don’t become complacent as you see small wins along the way.  While the momentum will make some aspects of your vision easier, it will also make it harder for you to stay true to the direction you’ve set. 

Stay the course.  Stay humble.  Stay focused.

Remember, You’re Vision Will Change The World!

[yes, I took a small liberty in making the quote more politically correct]