It would be great if we succeeded 100% of the time, wouldn’t it? Imagine if every task you attempted, however difficult, resulted in a huge success. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. In fact, depending on your goals, you might have more failures than successes.
So if failures are a part of life, why are they so misunderstood? Why not celebrate the failures? Every now and then I set and goal and have trouble reaching it. I know you probably find that hard to believe, but it happens! 🙂
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?
No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
and of course, my all-time favorite (can you name the author?):
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
Did you spot the common theme in these quotes? In every venture, there is an element of risk. The risk is what makes it interesting. Trying and failing still moves you along your path. It is failing to TRY that holds you back.
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