The world is familiar with JFK’s eponymous moonshot. His call to action in 1962 at Rice University demonstrated his confidence in American innovation and ingenuity, and his belief that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I recently found an article on Medium, that was penned by Astro Teller. It had me reflect on the purpose of taking moonshots, and what we can learn about it here in New Brunswick.
Astro Teller leads a team of scientists, programmers, engineers, military personnel, and dreamers, all of whom share a vision; that no problem is too big or complex to avoid. In his article, he shares some of their stories, but more importantly, he talks about their failures. Astro describes in detail, the main ingredient of their secret sauce, “We spend most of our time breaking things and working to discover that we’re wrong. That’s it. That’s the secret. Run at all the hardest parts of a problem first.”