Success of SpaceX Explained

Recently I’ve re-discovered my excitement to space exploration. It was lost somewhere between passion to internet, mobile apps and startups. But it was still there. Thanks God, because we are living in really interesting times for space exploration.

Long story short: private companies are pushing development of space exploration technologies, something that was reserved till the end of XX century only for countries like US, Russia, Japan, China and European Space Agency.

One of the private companies is really exceptional. It’s called SpaceX and recently it was able to do something amazing and historical: land first stage of their rocket Falcon 9 vertically. Why it is such a big deal? Well, in science fiction books and movies we’ve been doing that for a long time, but… In real life – never. Currently we are still trowing away whole rocket (1st and 2nd stage) after launching a satellite. To be exact – we are burning them in the atmosphere.

Founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, believes that rocket reusability is the key to lowering prices of rocket launches. It costs SpaceX to make a Falcon 9 rocket and launch it around $61.2M, but the cost of the fuel it’s only $200k. How much travel from London to New York would cost, if you had to destroy the plane afterwards? A lot! That how it is right now with space travel and rockets. Super expensive.

Failure and success

SpaceX dared to change that status quo. But it is not that easy. They tried to land the rocket on a Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship twice, and twice they were quite epic failures:

But then, on December 22 2015 happened this:

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Start before you are ready

I’m a perfectionist by nature. I start with a big vision and many, many, many things on my to-do list. But the advice that many experienced entrepreneurs give is: start before you are ready. Don’t spend days, weeks and months on perfecting something that might not be worth it.

That’s why I’m starting this website before I’m ready. Before I have the perfect design. Before I know how to write perfect posts in English. Before I have perfect About Me page and so on.

Not perfect, but good enough is very often… Quite great. I experienced that during the interview process for my current job. I remember that when I was going to my first interview, I was afraid that I hadn’t prepared myself well enough. “I should have spent with the app more time, I should have researched the market and competitors more, I should have prepared myself better for the motivation questions more, etc.” – I heard those voices in my head. I felt a stress-infused stomach ache. “Why am I doing this to myself?! I have a good job already. Why am I exposing myself to those feelings?!” – I heard this self-talk when I was walking to the office. But the interview with our CEO went fine. It was a nice conversation.

Before the second interview, I had to prepare a short presentation. And yes, I was procrastinating till the very last moment. The whole weekend passed by and I didn’t have anything concrete prepared. I was editing my presentation just 10 min before leaving my flat for the interview. Obviously, the anxiety kicked in and I was blaming myself for yet another failure. But… Guess what? I got the job! Not perfect was good enough. To be clear, five months later I’m still working there.

So I’m starting before I’m really ready. Before I have everything perfectly planned. And as a reminder to myself, I will keep this screenshot of the first version of the website. So if you are thinking about starting something new, you should also stop postponing it forever. Screw it, let’s do it!