If Elon Musk Can Have a Sense of Humor About Failure, So Can You
SpaceX is doing some unquestionably big things. This spring, the company conducted the first-ever launch and flight of a reusable rocket.
Not one to rest on his laurels, founder and CEO Elon Musk didn’t even finish his celebratory tweet before announcing SpaceX’s next big goal.
Incredibly proud of the SpaceX team for achieving this milestone in space! Next goal is reflight within 24 hours.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2017
That’s why it makes a lot of sense that SpaceX posted a blooper reel chronicling all of its mistakes along the way -- highlighting instances of failed engine sensors, running out of hydraulic fluid, a collapsed landing leg, a radar glitch -- to making aerospace history.
If you watch the reel, several self-deprecating jokes (“look, that’s not an ‘explosion,’ it’s an unscheduled disassembly”) accompany footage of smoking wrecks and explosions in the sky. The score -- the jaunty choice of John Philip Sousa’s The Liberty Bell, which keen-eared comedy fans will recognize as the Monty Python theme song -- is a nice touch.
But spoiler alert: SpaceX succeeds in the end, which goes to show that as long as you maintain a level head, a sense humor and a dogged conviction, you can achieve your goals.