Wright Brothers Failure


Today is the 208th anniversary of the famous Wright Brothers’ success in pioneering flight. Perhaps one of the most famous of twentieth century engineering successes. But their history-making triumph was the product of an embrace of failure as highlighted by the design firm Method is their short piece on rapid prototyping

  • “On the morning of December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright eyed another chance at getting their flying machine off the ground. The brothers and five other men humped their 600-pound machine over a quarter mile uphill and placed it on a 60-foot monorail. They had done the same thing three days earlier but crashed, breaking several parts in their flying prototype.”
  • “Fearing failure stifles creativity and progress. If you’re not failing, you’re not going to innovate. Do your product or service a favor: embrace failure and blueprint a plan that affords you the opportunity to do it early and often. Rapid prototyping can help you do just that.”

Embracing failure is the ‘Red Bull’ of innovation…it gives it wings.