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Celebrate Failure

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.

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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! 🙂

When I crash and burn trying to reach a lofty goal, I try to keep these thoughts in mind…football gang tackle

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
-Winston Churchill

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
-Oscar Wilde

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
-Michael Jordan

Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?
-Ernest Hemingway

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.
-Napoleon Hill

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
-Henry Ford

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.

Get it?
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.

Do you agree?  If so, I hope you will take a second to Tweet the article to your friends!
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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. I think failure is an overused word that stands in the way of many people preventing them from realizing they are fully capable of and already doing great things. Great things don’t have to be monumental, they are just positive outcomes. My favorite quote from
    Henry Ford is: whether you think you can or you you think you can’t – you are right.

    It is all a matter of how we choose to see ourselves, our efforts, our outcomes, our environment, and our world. Positive thoughts attract positive results while negative thoughts attract negative results.

  2. Taking risks brings great rewards but failures serve a purpose also. Failures make us appreciate the successes and teach us how to handle disappointment Yea for taking risks!

  3. Pam Butler says:

    One of my favorite presidents and inspirations said this. Teddy Roosevelt had many great sayings. He lived through many failures and became an amazing shaper of world opinion. I love this article Larry!

  4. courage to fail is part of the success formula..it does take courage to step out of your comfort zone thats why it is “easier” to stick to what you know and run the risk of sameness.

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