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 is the Managing Director of the Mentored Engineer and owner of Rasmussen Designs. He received his BSME from Baylor University and holds a professional engineering license in North Carolina and Texas. He has been an engineer since 2002 with extensive experience in engineering design, fabrication and troubleshooting. He specializes in mobile equipment, hydraulic systems and machine design. He has two patents

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