20 Truths About Failure

1. He who fails to question is asking for trouble. –  Paul Aubuchon 

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

3. Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. – Charles F Kettering

4. If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you had tried to do nothing and succeeded. You must never regret what might have been. The past that did not happen is as hidden from us as the future we cannot see. – Richard Martin Stern

5. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work. –  Thomas Alva Edison 

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

7. Men do not fail; they give up trying. –  Elihu Root

8. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

9. More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent. –  William Ashley

10. Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities – Napoleon Hill

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

12. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. –  Theodore Roosevelt

13. A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience. –  Elbert Hubbard

14. Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something – Frederick Smith

15. Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.  The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it.  You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.  – Norman Vincent Peale.

16. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail – Mike Murdock

17. A man may fall many times, but he won’t be a failure until he says that someone pushed him – Elmer G. Letterman

18. We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes.  We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t.  Success often lies just the other side of failure. – Leo F. Buscaglia

19. No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind – Napoleon Hill

20. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

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  • Amazing! Thanks for reminding me about one of my all-time heroes, George Washington Carver!

    I vividly remember golfer Sandy Lyle the Masters in 1988.  Most people recall his mercurial bunker shot on the eighteenth which secured the win. However, it was what happened on the 12th that left a greater impression on me.  He took a double-bogey that wiped out his lead, but instead of crumpling he toughened his resolve. “I was now part of the chasing pack” he said. Instead of lingering on what he had lost, he moved right-away to focus on what he still had to gain. There was still plenty of time to put things right, he made up for his loss eventually winning by one stroke.

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