Author Topic: The many failures of Elon Musk, captured in one giant infographic  (Read 1450 times)

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Failures also teach lessons, too - so failure is part of the learning process.

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I am not sure how the experimental landing tests can be failures.

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I am not sure how the experimental landing tests can be failures.

Good point; those experimental attempts were secondary objectives that did not have to be successful. All primary objectives during those tests were done successfully.
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The first paragraph of the article makes it clear that it's supposed to be a motivational piece, not a rhetorical castigation of Elon Musk or SpaceX. Steve Jobs getting kicked out of his own company is also mentioned. It appears the point the article is trying to make is that "failing" at something doesn't mean you're a failure forever or that success is out of reach even after multiple failures.

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I am not sure how the experimental landing tests can be failures.

The article does mention that SpaceX didn't consider them failures, but experiments.
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The first paragraph of the article makes it clear that it's supposed to be a motivational piece, not a rhetorical castigation of Elon Musk or SpaceX. Steve Jobs getting kicked out of his own company is also mentioned. It appears the point the article is trying to make is that "failing" at something doesn't mean you're a failure forever or that success is out of reach even after multiple failures.

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I am not sure how the experimental landing tests can be failures.

The article does mention that SpaceX didn't consider them failures, but experiments.

I noticed that, but they still had to include them in the infographic.  But there were a lot of things on there I did not know.

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This comes to mind.

Though I would not called the rockets lost on landing on the drone ships a total failure as they did deliver their payload and the landings were a secondary objective.
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In a way it says a lot about our modern society. Everyone gets a participant ribbon, there are no winners or losers, it's all about making everyone happy and singing Kumbaya. But I've failed plenty: had bad days in the sim or said the wrong thing to my wife, learned from it, and done better next time.
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"Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." -- attributed to (probably incorrectly) Winston Churchhill

Elon to me seemed quite enthusiastic at IAC. :-)

One thing Churchhill did say was “Success always demands a greater effort.” to Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies in 1940.

I've cheered SpaceX's success to date, and I happily anticipate their upcoming greater efforts -- and a blooper reel or two along the way would hardly be amiss.
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