This comic was inspired by a late night conversation with the delightful  and generous astronaut Dr Kjell Lindgren at the Nebula awards ages ago. I told him about my concerns around perfectionism and people’s fears of being wrong as if it made them wrong as person. He told me that when he speaks as schools he says, “Failure is not an option, it is mandatory.” A wonderful idea for a bumper sticker I need to design.

Please consider this a prototype!

Transcript

Boot: Failure is not an option

it is mandatory

it’s how we learn

Bunson: an Astronaut said so!

Thanks for inspiring us Dr Kjell Lindgren!

Thanks to all my patrons and special big extra thanks to Helen, Dennis, and Ralph, Sandra Fowler, Matthew Noe, Sandra M. Odell, Erik Owomoyela, and Stacy & Alma Smyth