10 Quotes from Influential People About Dealing With Failure


We make mistakes because failure is part of life, but you must also remember that failure is not all bad because it helps to motivate us. How we deal with failure ultimately determines how successful we become. There are many people who simple cannot accept failure. Oftentimes, these people give up and accept defeat. Which leaves them frustrated and depressed. Thus, we must remind ourselves that these kind of setbacks happen to everyone, successful or not. There’s absolutely no exception. The best remedy is to simply let go of the things that are beyond our control. Make no mistake however, letting go of the things we cannot change does NOT mean giving up on our goals!

Getting inspiration from influential people is sometimes the best way to keep things in perspective and learn from past mistakes. Even the most successful people have not always had an easy road on their path to great success. Here are 10 quotes from influential people about dealing with and overcoming failure.

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

Admitting that you will fail and recognizing that failure is common to all people is very helpful. Accepting failure is the wisest way to help shape and change us. By simply admitting the existence of failure in our lives, we slowly begin to find the motivation to grow and prosper. We also have to keep in mind that in dealing with failures, we are not alone. The fact that all people will at some point in their lives experience failure help us push on and keep moving forward.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin Franklin.

This quote is a little different in that Benjamin Franklin is essentially saying that it is vitally important to take the time to prepare for something instead of just rushing into it without thinking. If you rush into things without first preparing, you are bound to fail. Failure should not be something that you knowingly do, and by failing to prepare for a goal you are trying to reach you are just setting yourself up for failure.

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. – Bill Gates.

Learn from the failure itself. Failure is not always a bad thing. Failure can teach us vital life lessons. We must learn to deeply examine and figure out the reasons why we fail lest we repeat history again. So for the next time we attempt to achieve our goals, we will gain knowledge from our previous failures and ultimately achieve perfection. Take a page from Bill Gates book and learn from each failure and the next time you make an attempt, you will be more prepared.

We are all failures at least the best of us are. – J.M. Barrie.

This quote exemplifies the fact that all successful people have at one point in their lives failed at something. The great sports athletes or business professionals have all failed, no matte how good they are now. At some point they had a failure, the difference that set them apart from the rest of people is that they were able to get back up, dust themselves off and get back on the horse again. Remember, all successful people fail at one point or another.

It takes patience, it takes commitment and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. – Barack Obama.

When someone becomes great at something, whether it is business, sports or music there is always a hidden past of failure and learning. You must be patient, stay committed to your goals and be prepared to fail. If you learn from each failure and if you are committed enough

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote.

With each and every failure we encounter we become one step closer towards reaching our success. The more sugar you put into your coffee the sweeter it gets, right? The same holds true when dealing with failure. The more you fail, the more you learn. And the more you learn the better prepared you will be when life throws you a curveball on your road to success.

I am not concerned that you have fallen, I am concerned that you arise. – Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln is saying here that he is not concerned with folks that have made mistakes and fallen, he is more interested in those that have made those mistakes but gotten back up and learned from those mistakes. I cannot stress this enough, that you must look to failure as a teacher. This is an example of perspective being everything in life.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill.

You may not like to believe this, but failure is almost always a prerequisite to success. Mastery in a subject never comes easy to anyone even the most adept among us, that is why many get frustrated all too easily whenever they fail. Don’t be afraid to fail, it is part of the norms of life.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison.

Let’s not look any farther, let’s take Thomas Edison as the best example in successfully overcoming failure. Before he successfully invented the light bulb, he made mistakes a thousand times but the key is that he never gave up until he found the perfect formula that worked for him. He found thousands of ways that did not work, and when looking at it from this perspective we can learn what doesn’t work and continue to drive in a quest to find what does.

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

If you simply view failure as the best opportunity to start another try, then you’ll be as motivated and successful as Henry Ford, one of the world’s most successful people. It’s true that failure can be an embarrassing experience but that experience can also be the greatest teacher in the world. As the cliché goes if at first you don’t succeed, try try again. As silly as it sounds, there is wisdom to be found in old cliché.

Chad Corrin
I am a professional software developer by trade. I was not a particular inquisitive student in high school and got by with doing the minimum required most of the time, however upon entering the workforce and flipping burgers for several years. I quickly realized that in order to find happiness in life I needed to learn & master the subjects I am interested in. Using the internet and my aspiring mind I was able to teach myself software development and reach my career goals. I have also struggled with extreme shyness and social anxiety for most of my adult life. Although never cured, I learned to improve my self-confidence, reduce my anxiety & reach my goals and I now dedicate a large part of my life to teaching others how they can overcome mental obstacles that can sabotage you from reaching your goals in life.
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