If the factory work is dead, what’s next? Where will the next job come from? What if I’m still working at a factory? What will replace the factory?
The lab or the factory: You work at one, or the other.
At the lab, the pressure is to keep searching for a breakthrough, a new way to do things.
And it’s accepted that the cost of this insight is failure, it’s about finding out what doesn’t work on your way to figuring out what does.
The lab doesn’t worry so much about exploiting all the value of what it produces, they’re too busy working on the next thing, finding new solutions to new problems, innovating and challenging the status-quo.
To work in the lab is to embrace the idea that what you are working on might not work. Not to merely tolerate this feeling, but to seek it out.
The factory, on the other hand, prizes reliability and productivity. The factory wants no surprises, it wants what it did yesterday, but faster and cheaper. Its security and stability.
It is hard, really hard, to do both simultaneously.
Anyone who says failure is not an option has also ruled out innovation.