Maybe you gave something your all. You put in all the necessary time and poured your mental and creative energy into it only to come to that dreaded realization: It's just not working. It's this fear of something not working out the way we imagined that keeps many great ideas from being pursued.
Too often, we look at failure as the ultimate defeat. That our effort was a waste and we're now worse off than before we tried. But that's simply not true. To fail at something builds character and grit. Not to mention, resilience—a worthy characteristic for anyone aspiring to greatness. Herewith, ten inspiring quotes on ways to look at, interpret and redefine failure by legendary thought leaders and contemporary movers and shakers.
- Henry Ford
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
- Johnny Cash
- Winston Churchill
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
- J.K. Rowling
- Roy Choi
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
- John Green
“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
- Michael Jordan
- Thomas Edison
“Failure is success if we learn from it.”
- Malcolm Forbes
Drawing on nearly fifty years of real world experience, leadership expert and life coach John C. Maxwell provides a roadmap for winning by examining the eleven elements that constitute the DNA of learners who succeed in the face of problems, failure and losses.
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