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Apollo 13 – “Failure is not an option”

Monday, February 03, 2014

Apollo 13 – “Failure is not an option”

You know you're getting old when you watch a movie and you can remember actually living through the event. I have been a follower of the US space program for many years. I remember with fondness and a sense of wonder, the "space race" of the sixties and seventies. The movie "Apollo 13" is a movie recounting the "successful failure" of 3 astronauts who experienced a catastrophic failure of their spacecraft on the way to the moon.

But its more than just a movie to watch for entertainment. It is a study of a group of people at Mission Control in Houston, Tx. and their commitment to see the mission through and bring the astronauts back home safely. By the time of Apollo 13's mission to the Moon, NASA and the American public had become complacent and the missions to the moon had become simple routine. What is amazing is that no one...no one on the ground or in the spacecraft gave up. With each problem, everyone worked toward a solution. 

Gene Krance was the Mission Director for that particular mission. In a gathering of his staff to figure out the solution to yet another problem, Krance stated to his staff, "Failure is not an option. We are bringing these guys home!" The men and women of NASA lived up to Gene's challenge and the crew returned safely home.

Why do I relate that story?...I'm glad you asked!

I would issue the same challenge to you ... "failure is not an option!" Each of us just like those at NASA's organization have special gifts and talents that we have been blessed with. I wonder what your dream is?

What is that thing that keeps running around in your head that you have always wanted to do, but haven’t. What dream do you have that could be realized if “failure was not an option?” Before you laugh too hard.....just think...in 1960 President Kennedy planted a dream with the American people to land men on the moon and return them safely to the earth. At that time, no hardware or software or any plans had been developed to accomplish the goal set forth. BUT, IN JULY 1969, WE ACCOMPLISHED IT ... AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!

It is amazing what a person can accomplish if they have the perspective of “failure is not an option.” How many relationships could be restored? How many people have taken their own lives or have come close that would have been stopped with that one phrase, “Failure is not an option.”

I know some of you have dreams regarding how your life could be different. But for some reason you have been reluctant to verbalize them.  Well, here's your chance. If, "failure is not an option" for for you...what would you be willing to dream? and Would you be daring enough to share that dream?  Something to think about!

"The real difference between a dream and wishful thinking is what you do day to day." —  John Maxwell