What is failure? Here are 10 quotes to put it into perspective

What is failureWhat is failure? We hear this word frequently but what does it actually mean?

It is so easy to be crushed by a sense of failure and yet actually there is no such thing as failure in my opinion. There are only outcomes that we didn’t want and lessons to be learned.

It’s not about how many times you get knocked down dear reader; it’s how many times you can get back up again and have another go until you get it right.

You cannot truly enjoy the victory when it comes, if you have not first known defeat.

You cannot achieve anything without the experience of at least the occasional failure along the way. Every master of their craft started out as a beginner.

Yes, that is true. Before anyone was a success, they started out as a complete beginner. And the road from beginner to achiever and master of your craft is inevitably littered with mistakes and failures. These are significant only for the lessons they teach us.

If you’re determined, persistent and hungry for success, you’ll just keep trying until you get where you want to go. If you really want to succeed, you’ll learn the lessons and then find a way to achieve your goal and realize your dream. If not you’ll just make excuses.

Never allow yourself to be overwhelmed by a sense of failure. It’s never fatal, at most it’s just a minor setback from which you can recover. Above all, never, ever give up until you get to where you were trying to go.

Success can be yours if you want it badly enough. And remember this; it is better to try and fail than never to have tried at all.

Here are 10 quotes to help you put the idea of failure into perspective.

What is failure?

  1. I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. ~Michael Jordan
  2. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill 
  3. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  4. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~Colin Powell
  5. Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. ~Paulo Coelho
  6. 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
  7. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  8. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. ~Steve Jobs
  9. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. ~JK Rowling
  10. Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. ~Wilma Rudolph

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