In life, we are unified by one common factor-failure. It affects us all, but we all view it differently. The way we react to set back sets us a path, either one of success or more failure.
Below is a list of ten quotes from an assortment of successful people who will surely inspire you to look upon failure differently.
- Chris Hardwick
“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggles? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.“
The struggles inherent in failure will enrich and beautify your character, because learning from different experiences strengthen you and give you more ‘depth’ as a person. Failure also affords us a humility that teaches us how to handle and appreciate our eventual success.
- Thomas A. Edison
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
The lesson learnt from failure is not simply that you did not achieve your goals; failure gives you valuable feedback about what you have tried, so that every wrong attempt becomes another step forward. There is another lesson here: keep moving regardless of the number of ‘failed’ attempts.
- Janet Fitch
“The phoenix must burn to emerge.”
Failure is like a refiners fire that gold must pass through; a fundamental part of the process of eventual release.
- John Wooden
“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.”
It isn’t failure that sounds the death knell: it is the failure to learn.
- Ken Robinson
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
To succeed at doing anything truly great, you must take risks. Risks are fundamental part of life. And you risk failure; you risk being wrong. But if you do not take the risk, you will not create anything original, let alone anything great.
- Michael Jordan
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
It is clear that Jordan views failure as a necessary part of the journey to success – “everyone fails”. By contrast, not trying serves no purpose.
- Abraham Lincoln
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”
Don’t focus on the event of failure. Instead, embrace its lessons, which are more important.
- J.K. Rowling
“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.”
Failure is the engine that will drive you to pursue that which matters most to you, casting off anything and everything that stands in your way.
- Soichiro Honda
“Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.”
To paraphrase former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, successes are built on failures. The most important lessons come from challenges, not successes. Yet, we shine a spotlight on people’s successes rather than focus on the more interesting narrative of the failures that have produced those successes.
- Eloise Ristad
“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”
The hard truth of life is we must give room for the possibility of failure. If we allow ourselves the thought that ‘might not get this right but I will try all the same’, then we allow ourselves to take risks that could lead to great things. If we did not allow ourselves the possibility of failure, we would not take the risks that are necessary for true success. Few of the much-lauded successes today were achieved without failure.
I hope that on reading this, you will not let an event such as failure hold you back.
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10 Quotes On Failure by Stellamaris Obomanu