Failure is the Mother of Success

Nov 11, 2013 | Articles

Failure is the Mother of Success
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Sometimes the hardest thing can be admitting you’ve made a mistake.  It requires you to go against your own ego, which can be our worst enemy. However, failure is the mother of success.

When you fail at something, you are actually one step closer to finding a way that will succeed.  Walt Disney failed many business ventures and was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Soichiro Honda was passed over for an engineering job at Toyota and left unemployed. Marilyn Monroe couldn’t get another contract with Columbia Pictures because they said she wasn’t talented enough to be an actress. These people have not only proven to be some of the most respected individuals in their industry, but they have risen to become some of the most iconic people of all time. We all learn from failure, and when you learn about how something doesn’t work, you can eliminate the idea, narrow it down and continue to find out how it really works.

Never be ashamed to fail.

Why are so many people are afraid of failure? Because failure usually creates a negative feeling, giving us the idea that we aren’t good enough or that we’ve done something wrong. We need to understand that with careful reflection, we can investigate the root of our failures and work towards avoiding them in the future.  The more you fail, the better chance you have at success in the future – it’s called experience. For experience to work, the most important thing to remember, is to avoid committing the same mistake twice. Otherwise, we are not any better off than our previous experience.

Here are a list of quotes to overcome your fear of failure:

“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Wayne Gretzky

“I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.”
Nikki Giovanni

“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

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
Coco Chanel

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”
George Edward Woodberry

“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

“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.”
Denis Waitley

“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”
George Burns

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”
Tony Robbins

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent van Gogh

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
Bill Cosby

“One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”
Henry Ford