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Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal. Mike Ditka


All my successes have been built on my failures. Benjamin Disraeli


Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. John F. Kennedy


Anyone who attempts is not a failure. Sarah Dessen


No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within. Eleanor Roosevelt


If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. Henry David Thoreau


I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. Oprah Winfrey


A minute’s success pays the failure of years. Robert Browning


Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Neil Gaiman


Failure is success in progress. Albert Einstein


Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed. Robert T. Kiyosaki


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


Mistakes are the portals of discovery. James Joyce


Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. Jack Canfield


You should become a connoisseur of your own mistakes, turning them over in your mind as if they were works of art, which in a way they are. Daniel Dennett


Failure is an attitude, not an outcome. Harvey MacKay


First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events. Marie Curie


In any case, you must not confuse a single failure with a final defeat. F. Scott Fitzgerald


Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I built my life. J.K. Rowling


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Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og Mandino


You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. Barack Obama


Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Confucius


Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. Napoleon Hill


Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t. Thomas A. Edison


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


Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. Ralph Ellison


There is no such thing as failure, only results. Tony Robbins


Don’t think of it as failure. Think of it as time-released success. Robert Orben


Sport and life is about losing. It’s about understanding how to lose. Lynn Davies


Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. Charlie Chaplin




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


Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas A. Edison


Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure. Sylvester Stallone


Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. Steve Jobs


When it’s tough, will you give up or will you be relentless? Jeff Bezos (Amazon)


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


I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan


You have to be able to accept failure to get better. LeBron James


Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein


Failure is an importance part of your growth… Don’t be afraid to fail. Michelle Obama


Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. Barack Obama


In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is to not taking risks. Mark Zuckerberg


If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. James Cameron (Terminator, Avatar, Titanic)


Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others. Amelia Earhart (First female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean)


It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt


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


Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill


The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. Buddha


My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. Abraham Lincoln


Victory has a hundred fathers, but failure is an orphan. John F. Kennedy


When you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail. John Wooden


Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy


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


Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth. Jules Verne


We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies. Voltaire


The only failures are those who fail to try. Lester B. Pearson (Nobel Peace Prize 1957)


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Oliver Goldsmith






Failure is success if we learn from it. Malcolm Forbes


The best way out is always through. Robert Frost


There is no failure. Only feedback. Robert Allen


Without failure there is no achievement. John C. Maxwell


The cost of failure is…learning. Neil Strauss


You always pass failure on the way to success. Mickey Rooney


To err is human, to forgive, divine. Alexander Pope


Apprentice yourself in failure. Robert Greene


Attitude is the essence of failure or success. Unknown


Key to failure: Trying to please everyone. Unknown


Failure open doors to new opportunities. Unknown


The bigger the failure, the greater the lesson. Unknown


Tough situations build strong people. Unknown


No man is a failure who is enjoying life. William Feather


My reputation grows with every failure. George Bernard Shaw


The phoenix must burn to emerge. Janet Finch


No garden is without its weeds. Thomas Fuller


You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you. Maxwell Maltz


Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. Zig Ziglar




Not failure, but low aim, is a crime. James Russell Lowell


Failure either ruins you or turns you into the man you can become. Tucker Max


It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once. Mark Cuban


Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Norman Vincent Peale


You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. 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 the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. Oprah Winfrey


It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience. Lupita Nyong’o


Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise. Kobe Bryant


If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. H. G. Wells


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas A. Edison


You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou


You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. Beverly Sills


Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed. Corita Kent


If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t taking enough risks. Debbie Millman


A hundred failures would not matter, when one single success could change the destiny of the world. Arthur C. Clarke


Failure doesn’t kill you… it increases your desire to make something happen. Kevin Costner


There is no failure unless one stops. Not to work is to cease, tighten up, become nervous and therefore destructive of the creative process. Ray Bradbury


Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill


The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. Barack Obama


No matter what one does, regardless of failure or success, the experience is a form of success in itself. Jack Ma (


Embrace failure. Never never quit. Get very comfortable with that uneasy feeling of going against the grain and trying something new. Terry Crews


I think you have to try and fail, because failure gets you closer to what you’re good at. Louis C.K.


Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again. Unknown


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


It is very important to embrace failure and to do a lot of stuff — as much stuff as possible — with as little fear as possible. Stefan Sagmeister


It’s much, much better to wind up with a lot of crap having tried it than to overthink in the beginning and not do it. Stefan Sagmeister


Failure changes for the better, success for the worse. Seneca




If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. Steven Wright


I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. Benjamin Franklin


Even the worst shit that happens to you can be converted into gold if you are clever enough. Robert Greene


Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo. Jon Sinclair


An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site. Frank Lloyd Wright


Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist. Chris Hardwick


The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything – and it works. William Strong


There is nothing in the world so easy to explain as failure — it is, after all, what everybody does all the time. Susanna Clarke


Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure. George Eliot


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


The real embarrassing issue about failure is your own acknowledgement that you’re not a genius, that you’re not as good as you thought you were. […] There’s only one solution: You must embrace failure. Milton Glaser


Get a bike that’s as low to the ground as you can find, put on elbow and knee pads so you’re not afraid of falling, and go. Andrew Stanton


Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. Unknown


Maybe I’m lucky to be going so slowly, because I may be going in the wrong direction. Ashleigh Brilliant


If at first you don’t succeed, get a bigger hammer. Alan Lewis



Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. John Wooden


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


Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. Jim Rohn


What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. Tim Ferriss


I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion. Yohji Yamamoto


Life is a Tetris. Do something good, it disappears immediately. But mistakes, they accumulate themselves. In the end everyone loses. Alexandra Melo


Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember. Anne Sullivan


Success or failure is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacity. Walter Scott


Your failure does not define you, your determination does. Unknown


Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them. Sarah Dessen


There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. Laurence J. Peter


When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important. Ellen DeGeneres


Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves. Garth Stein


A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. Alexander Dumas


It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default. J.K. Rowling


Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure. But the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. J.K. Rowling


It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention. Conan O’Brien


The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them — especially not from yourself. Daniel Dennett


We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us. Rabindranath Tagore


Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. James Russell Lowell


Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver


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It is your own bad strategies, not the unfair opponent, that are to blame for your failures. You are responsible for the good and bad in your life. Robert Greene (The 33 Strategies of War)


Keep your head up in failure, and your head down in success. Jerry Seinfeld


An action committed in anger, is an action doomed to failure. Genghis Khan


What would you be glad you did – even if you failed? Brené Brown




If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. Zig Ziglar


Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde


People who have the ability to fail in public under their own names actually gain a lot of power. Naval Ravikant


It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. Roger Babson


Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. George Soros


We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. Samuel Smiles


Mistakes and failures are precisely your means of education. They tell you about your own inadequacies. Robert Greene


Blame is not for failure. It is for failing to help or ask for help. Jorgen Vig Knudstorp (Lego)


Failure is nothing more than learning how to win. Robin Sharma


I’ve come to realize that all my past failures and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understanding that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. Tony Robbins


You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it. Tina Fey


Always remember that failure is an event, not a person. Zig Ziglar


If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead


Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. Ralph Waldo Emerson


With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die. Criss Jami


The trick is to take advantage of the particular details of the mess you’ve made, so that your next attempt will be informed by it and not just another blind stab in the dark. Daniel Dennett


There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail. What is past is useful only as it suggests ways and means for progress. Henry Ford


If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it. W. C. Fields


To fail is to give up. But you are in the midst of a moving process. Nothing fails then. All goes on. Work is done. If good, you learn from it. If bad, you learn even more. Ray Bradbury


If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. Ed Catmull


The attempt to avoid failure makes failure more likely. Ed Catmull



Mistakes are proof that you are trying. Unknown


Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. Douglas MacArthur


There are no failures, just experiences and your reactions to them. Tom Krause


Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. Richard Branson


Truth is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat. Anais Nin


Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. Marilyn Vos Savant


You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. Mary Pickford


The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. John C. Maxwell


If you want something you can have it, but only if you want everything that goes with it, including all the hard work and the despair, and only if you’re willing to risk failure. Philip Pullman


Failure does not mean that you’ll never get what you want, sometimes failure means that you have to fight harder for something better. Unknown


Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. William Saroyan


How we deal with tragedy defines who we are. I used to be terrible at it. Beyond terrible. You are not going to let this deflate you. You are going to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and we will figure out what the next step is. Chris Traeger


Failure is a state of mind. It’s like one of those sand traps an ant lion digs. You keep sliding back. Takes one hell of a jump to get out of it. John Steinbeck


I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time but after some reflection. Dolly Parton


Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable. Joe Biden


What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable? John Green


Giving up is the only sure way to fail. Gena Showalter


You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. Arthur Ashe


Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. Robert Louis Stevenson


Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. C.S. Lewis


Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie


The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail. Napoleon Hill


I feel there’s an existential angst among young people. I didn’t have that. They see enormous mountains, where I only saw one little hill to climb. Sergey Brin (Google)


If you don’t try at anything you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want. Richard Yates


You don’t have to hold yourself hostage to who you used to be. Oprah Winfrey




It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts. Zig Ziglar


Failure is not a bug of learning, it’s the feature. Rachel Simmons


Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure… it just means you haven’t succeeded yet. Robert Schuller


Turn pain into progress. To be wrong as fast as you can is to sign up for aggressive, rapid learning. Ed Catmull


Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Marilyn Monroe


If you are afraid to learn from your mistakes, you will more than likely keep repeating them. Robert Greene


Learning to fail well means learning to understand your mistakes, because unless you know what went wrong, you may do the wrong things to correct it. Megan McArdle


I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could. Carol Dweck


Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education. John Hersey


Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. Denis Waitley


We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. John W. Gardner


I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young. I learned a lot out of that. Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid. I’ve never had the feeling I couldn’t walk out and get a job doing something. Walt Disney


There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure all your life. It’s as simple as that. John W. Gardner


The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. Lloyd Jones


A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success. Unknown


The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people. Randy Pausch


The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures. The person who knows only success can be more oblivious to all the pitfalls. Randy Pausch


Every experience, encounter, and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more of who you are. Oprah Winfrey


No matter what challenges or setbacks or disappointments you may encounter along the way, you will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal — there really is only one, and that is this: To fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. Oprah Winfrey


Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart. Ziad Abdelnour


Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble. Shah Rukh Khan




The heart will break, but broken live on. Lord Byron


No worldly success can compensate for failure in the home. David O. McKay


You got to go down a lot of wrong roads to find the right one. Bob Parsons


Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am brave and worthy of love and belonging. Brené Brown


I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me. Charles Dickens


You will have to rise up and say, “I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life”. Joel Osteen


“Trying” is the biggest mistake you can make early on in a relationship. It sets a false expectation that you will eventually tire of. Naval Ravikant


The hottest love has the coldest end. Socrates


Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. Christopher Morley


You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward. Roy T. Bennett


Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves. Blaise Pascal


I’m not crying because of you; you’re not worth it. I’m crying because my delusion of who you were was shattered by the truth of who you are. Steve Maraboli


Ever has it been that loves knows not its own death until the hour of separation. Khalil Gibran


Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place. J. Lynn


Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus. Wallace Stegner


One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved. Romain Rolland


Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever. Leo Buscaglia




If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. Thomas J. Watson


My best successes came on the heels of failures. Barbara Concoran


It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success. Ellen DeGeneres


Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe. Sumner Redstone


People settle. They settle for less than they are capable of. Seth Godin (The Dip)


Quit or be exceptional. Average is for losers. Seth Godin (The Dip)


A little more persistence a little more effort and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. Elbert Hubbard


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You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures. Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic


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’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’ Success is never final; I’ll just keep on going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them. Conor McGregor


In my experience, each failure contains the seeds of your next success – if you are willing to learn from it. Paul Allen


The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Elbert Hubbard


The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. Colin R. Davis


When all is said and done, success without happiness is the worst kind of failure. Louis Binstock


It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through success; they often succeed through failures. Unknown


The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment. Deborah Moggach


Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. Andy Grove


There are no secrets to success: don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence. Colin Powell


Even those who venture to dip a toe in the pond of risk never allow themselves to get used to the water. David Viscott


Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order to prepare to try again. W. Clement Stone


Nothing fails like success because we don’t learn from it. We learn only from failure. Kenneth Boudling


It doesn’t matter how far you might rise — at some point, you are bound to stumble. Because if you’re constantly doing what we do — raising the bar — if you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher, the law of averages predicts that you will, at some point, fall. Oprah Winfrey


Remember this: There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. Oprah Winfrey


When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel. Eloise Ristad


There are defeats more triumphant than victories. Michel de Montaigne




What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Vincent Van Gogh


There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho


Face failure head on, don’t be afraid of it, and people will support and welcome you even more. Richard Branson


I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about. Emma Watson


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


If you’re waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you’ll never make it. Criss Jami


Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success. Robert T. Kiyosaki


But instead of spending our lives running towards our dreams, we are often running away from a fear of failure or a fear of criticism. Eric Wright


There is no growth or success without change. Ed Catmull


The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a ‘What the hell?’ attitude. Julia Child


You must always be prepared to place a bet on yourself, on your future, by heading in a direction that others seem to fear. Robert Greene


Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Carol S. Dweck


Fear of failure is not sufficient justification for not pursuing what you want to do. Ryan Normandin


Don’t wait for things to be perfect before you share them with others. Show early and show often. It’ll be pretty when we get there, but it won’t be pretty along the way. Ed Catmull


When it comes to creative endeavors, the concept of zero failures is worse than useless. It’s counterproductive. Ed Catmull


Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly. Alain de Botton




Don’t worry about failure – you only have to be right once. Drew Houston


Failure and invention are inseparable twins. Jeff Bezos


We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to. Brené Brown 


You gotta act. And you gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far. Steve Jobs


If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative. Woody Allen


Most competitors quit long before they’ve created something that makes it to the top. Seth Godin


Short term pain has more impact on most people than long-term benefits do, which is why it’s so important for you to amplify the long-term benefits of not quitting. Seth Godin


In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible. Seth Godin


Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough. Elon Musk


The only risk of failure is promotion. Scott Adams


You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures. Charles C. Noble


We don’t need to celebrate failure. We do need to make it safe to admit failure – that’s how we learn from mistakes. Adam Grant


Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you do after you fail that determines whether you are a leader or a waste of perfectly good air. Sabaa Tahir


Failure saves lives. In the airline industry, every time a plane crashes the probability of the next crash is lowered by that. The Titanic saved lives because we’re building bigger and bigger ships. So these people died, but we have effectively improved the safety of the system, and nothing failed in vain. Nassim Nicholas Talib


People need to feel safe experimenting, failing and speaking up when they see problems […] it starts with leadership being vulnerable enough to own up to failures and be open with their weaknesses. Amanda Wood


I’m not the first to say that failure, when approached properly, can be an opportunity for growth. Ed Catmull


In a fear-based, failure-averse culture, people will consciously or unconsciously avoid risk. They will seek instead to repeat something safe that’s been good enough in the past. Their work will be derivative, not innovative. But if you can foster a positive understanding of failure, the opposite will happen. Ed Catmull


People driven by a pursuit that puts them on the edges are often not on the periphery, but on the frontier, testing the limits of what it is possible to withstand and discover. Sarah Lewis


If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. Ken Robinson


Any being, any agent, who can truly say, “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time!” is standing on the threshold of brilliance. Daniel Dennett


We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes—understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. Arianna Huffington


I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success. Tennessee Williams


It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success. Havelock Ellis


I don’t understand a way to work other than bold-facedly running towards failure. Cate Blanchett




Don’t bury your failures, let them inspire you. Robert T. Kiyosaki


Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place. Mandy Hale


The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. Henry Ford


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Do not waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. Ralph Waldo Emerson


A failure doesn’t mean you are unworthy, nor does it preclude success on the next try. Leonard Mlodinow


Failure always brings something valuable with it. I don’t let it leave until I extract that value. Scott Adams


Sorrow, disappointment, failure – learn from them. Then let them go. Unknown


Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets. Michael Korda


You must cut yourself loose from the past and open your eyes to the present. Robert Greene 


Once the ego inflates it will only come back to earth through some jarring failure. Robert Greene


Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. John Dewey


Talk about your failures without apologizing. Brené Brown


Some of the best lessons we ever learn we learn from our mistakes and failures. The error of the past is the wisdom of the future. Tryon Edwards


Pain is the not the only way to learn a lesson, but it is the surest way to never forget one. The Stoic Emperor


Failures can be seen as information or they can be seen as a threat to your sense of self. Embracing the former definition will help you learn and improve. Succumbing to the latter will make you timid and resentful. The Stoic Emperor


All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride. Sophocles


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No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Chris Hardwick


Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it’s dead. But we’re allowed to learn from our mistakes and from our failures. And that’s how I learn, by falling flat on my face and picking myself up and starting all over again. Madeleine L’Engle


Failure is enriching. It’s also important to accept that you’ll make mistakes — it’s how you build your expertise. The trick is to learn a positive lesson from all of life’s negative moments. Alain Ducasse


The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. Stephen McCranie


When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. Napoleon Hill


Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. George Santayana


Failure is painful, and our feelings about this pain tend to screw up our understanding of its worth. To disentangle the good and the bad parts of failure, we have to recognize both the reality of the pain and the benefit of the resulting growth. Ed Catcull (Creativity, Inc.)


Being open about problems is the first step toward learning from them… We must think of the cost of failure as an investment in the future. Ed Catmull (Creativity, Inc.)


You are not your idea, and if you identify too closely with your ideas, you will take offense when they are challenged. Ed Catmull


When you make a mistake, you should learn to take a deep breath, grit your teeth, and then examine your own recollections of the mistake as ruthlessly and as dispassionately as you can manage. Daniel Dennett


Try to acquire the weird practice of savoring your mistakes, delighting in uncovering the strange quirks that led you astray. Daniel Dennett


Every time they told me “no”, I just got stronger. Lady Gaga




“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” – Bill Gates


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