Rockets Blowing Up

Modern rocketry is a pinnacle of engineering.  It requires the right balance of multiple systems, and a deep knowledge of scientific principles such as fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, and chemistry.  But a huge part of the brute force science done in rocketry has been ‘try and fail.’  Countless rockets have exploded in tests dating back to the cold war, and even though they are much less frequent today, there is still value in learning from explosive and expensive mistakes.  Here is a compilation of rocket failures and testing from the last 70 years. ….because sometimes you have a day where you...

Motivation Monday: The Pushback

It’s easy to talk about motivation, staying strong, staying inspired, working hard, pushing yourself, making adjustments, sticking to a plan, setting goals, and giving it your all.  But it’s hard to admit defeat.  It’s hard to tell the world that you’re struggling, and that it’s harder than you expected.  If you do, chances are you will feel ashamed, especially after being so positive about recent progress.  Nobody wants to admit to the world that they failed at anything, especially in a world where success gets the spotlight and failure is checked at the door. But this is part of the journey too, the...

Motivation Monday: Situation Variation

Why is it hard to keep a long term goal? Logically, if you complete 1/365th of a task every single day of a year, you will complete your goal.  When I started my year of blogging, I thought it would be easy to commit 30 minutes every day, in the morning, to writing a post, and then after a year I would have 365 posts.  How it actually happened was a few weeks of consistency, a few days of nothing, a few days of double, triple, or even quadruple posting to catch up or get ahead, and no regularity or discernible...

Motivation Monday: If you Want to Be, Do.

The old saying goes ‘If you want something done right, do it yourself.’  Many a person filled with hubris about their own abilities takes this too far and often ends up never trusting others to help or take on any challenge, no matter how small or insignificant.  The real meaning behind this idea is that if you ‘have an idea in your mind about the way something should be done, do it yourself.’  This can lead to the founding of a successful business, if you take it along the lines of ‘if you found a better way to do something,...

Motivation Monday (on Tuesday): Drive

What drives people to achieve? How can some people fight tooth and nail for something they may never get? And why do they believe that if they keep working hard, something good will happen, even if it never has before? We often hear of the dreamers, the great innovators, the visionaries; Those who change the world through hard work and seemingly supernatural talent.  Is this kind of skill and achievement available to anyone? Or is it something you’re born with. One important lesson I have leaned in my life is that the energy to achieve goals comes from a deep desire to change your...

Motivation Monday: Failures are Forgotten

The more I look back on my adult life and the lives of my friends, the more I notice that we all highlight our successes and hide our failures.  This is not a bad thing at all, as I can’t see why anyone would want to remind others of a time when they failed miserably.  And yet so much of the self-help industry is driven by the concept of accepting and even embracing failure.  I once participated in a CBC Q&A with the hosts of Dragon’s Den, a show where business owners pitch an idea to a panel of millionaires...

Motivation Monday: Working Together

In two weeks, for the second year in a row, I’m running a 10 Km race.  This means running for an hour non-stop.  If you had asked me to train and run this distance two years ago I would have said it was impossible.  I would have said “I’m not a runner, I’m more into lifting weights,” or “I don’t have the body type of a distance runner.”  At the time I signed up for a 5 Km run with my girlfriend and a few friends. Not wanting to embarrass myself, I decided to train a bit to see how...

Motivation Monday: Why New Years Resolutions don’t Work (And why we think they will)

Ah 2015, a new year, a new chance to do things right.  This year life is going to be better, this year I’ll do everything I’ve dreamed of, this year is the year of great changes!  Sound familiar? Maybe you said that this year, or at the start of 2014, or 2013, or every year prior. It’s okay, we all make resolutions, even if we aren’t the type of person who makes resolutions.  There’s just something about the New Year that inspires us to make a fresh start and shed all of the hardships from the previous year.  We have...