Those of us who grew up during the race for space are familiar with the phrase, “failure is not an option.” Gene Kranz wrote the book Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond. The phrase was immortalized in the movie Apollo 13.

It was ingrained in our entire generation that failure is completely unacceptable.

This belief gets many of us into trouble in our careers. We hang on for too long to failing jobs, careers, or businesses.