October 3rd, 2007


Charles Kettering and Failure

As I sit here avoiding reading final papers (sigh) ...

I did a web search the other day on quotes by Charles Kettering related to failure, and found a surprising number:

"An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots."

"99 percent of success is built on failure."

"Every great improvement has come after repeated failures. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are fingerposts on the road to achievement."

"The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work."

There is something profound here which is nipping at my brain.  I may have to write an essay on this or something to get it out of my head.

In other news, I discovered last night while watching Pinky and the Brain (while not dozing off) that Narf is a wonderful word.  I shall have to find wonderful and frequent ways to use the word, and perhaps even a new icon.  Narf.
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