Why Failure is a Good Thing – Do It More!

I sat down with Spencer Krause of SKA Solutions to discuss the world of engineering. One of the topics was about failure and how it is a good thing. Human nature and our society want us to avoid failure, but the most successful people tend to be those that fail more often.

Recently, I was teaching a class of how life is like a pendulum where one side is failure and the other side is success. Most people live their life right in the middle with little to no movement on the pendulum. It’s comfortable there. It is impossible to enjoy great success without great failure as well.

The illustration of the pendulum helps see this important outcome – you need to fail more if you want to succeed. You can’t directly control success, but you can control failure. So…fail more!


Corey Rasmussen

Corey Rasmussen is an award-winning professional engineer (NC and TX) with over 20 years of product design and development experience. He has two patents related to aerial lifts machinery, has advanced certifications in hydraulics and electronic controls, and specializes in designing mobile equipment. Corey is the principal engineer of Rasmussen Designs and is based out of Durham, NC.

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