William Liao

May 1, 2021

It's weird of things don't break

“[Space X] is a test program, we expect [the rockets] to explode. It’s weird if [the rockets] don’t explode, frankly. You have to run things close to the edge.” — Elon Musk 

It’s normal for things break or fail in the process of trying to produce great work. 

Achieving greater heights in any field is the result of being deeply curious, trying many things, experience set backs which — yes — can sometimes involve breaking things, learning from these set backs, and becoming wiser and more capable as a result.

Thomas Edison famously made 1,000 broken lightbulbs before building one that worked. 

The Wright brothers had to the skies 3 times before they were able to sustain flight in the sky for about 1 minute. 

JK Rowling’s book ‘Harry Potter’ was rejected 12 times by major publishers. 

Framed another way: Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, and JK Rowling learned 1000, 3, and 12 lessons respectively which offered the learnings they needed to ultimately succeed. 

Experiencing breakage as you try out the things that you believe are important isn’t weird or something to feared — it’s progress.