The path to truly new, never-been-done-before things always has failure along the way.

Regina Dugan

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About This Quote

“From Mach-20 Glider to Hummingbird Drone.” TED 2012. Mar. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "From Mach-20 Glider to Hummingbird Drone." TED 2012. Mar. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from a 2012 TED Talk given by Regina Dugan, former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), about getting rid of our fear of failure. The quote means that innovation requires failure -- to create something new, you must try many different things and learn from your inevitable mistakes. As an example of this rule, Dugan talks about the history of human flight, from the first airplane flight in 1903 to today's Mach 20 glider and hummingbird drone. Watch the inspirational TED Talk here: Regina Dugan - From Mach 20 Glider to Hummingbird Drone