Would you like me to give you a formula for… success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all… you can be discouraged by failure / or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success. On the far side.
~ Thomas Watson, IBM
Many of the most ‘successful’ people in history embraced failure as an integral part of their life story. Here are some links and clips that I find particularly poignant and inspiring. Please contribute links of your own at the bottom:
life = risk
I have failed over and over and over again in my life … and that is why I succeed
- Michael Jordan
To punish failure is yet another way to encourage mediocrity. Mediocrity is what fearful people will always settle for.
- Michael Eisner
failing is a stepping stone, not a stumbling block. If you miss an opportunity to experience something new, you’ve already failed.
- Phil Van Hooser
failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently
- Henry Ford
Yoda: Do or do not, there is no try
Luke: I don’t believe it
Yoda: That is why you fail
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It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously, you might as well not have lived at all. In which case, you fail by default.
- J.K. Rowling
Honorary inspirational icon of The Failure Club