Wired interview of Elon Musk in 2008, shortly after Falcon 1 launch failed (also around the same time, his other company Tesla was on the verge on going bankrupt). Down but not out, this interview gives a snippet of his early days at SpaceX.
Wired.com:At the end of the day you’re still zero for three; you have so far failed to put a rocket into orbit.
Musk: We haven’t gotten into orbit, true, but we’ve made considerable progress. If it’s an all-or-nothing proposition then we’ve failed. But it’s not all or nothing. We must get to orbit eventually, and we will. It might take us one, two or three more tries, but we will. We will make it work.
Wired.com: How do you maintain your optimism?
Musk: Do I sound optimistic?
Wired.com: Yeah, you always do.
Musk: Optimism, pessimism, fuck that; we’re going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work.
Wired.com: So what have you learned so far?
Musk: Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.
Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. #amiright? Critics be damned, Elon Musk soldiers on!