Failure is a part of life, but it is not easy to pick yourself back up immediately and keep going when the business or contract you’ve invested so much in fails. But how quickly you recover after a setback is a deciding factor between a successful or unsuccessful entrepreneur.
In fact, failure is a feature that precedes nearly all successes, for it is a key ingredient in the business of trial and error. You are more likely to learn from something that does not work as from one that does; as such, failure is not something to be avoided but rather something to be cultivated. What makes the United States one of the most entrepreneurial and dynamic economies in the world is this embracing of the idea that, in Henry Ford’s words, “failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
No one embodies this concept more than Abraham Lincoln, who was born into poverty, failed in business, and was beaten in eight elections before being elected President. Albert Einstein is also another prime example: he didn’t start speaking until age four, his teachers told him that he would never amount to anything and that he was wasting everyone’s time.
We compiled a list of quotes from iconic people who have experienced their fair share of failures and went on to achieve astounding success. We hope they will give you that small burst of inspiration to help you help you change your perception towards failure and find success.
I’ve missed more than 9,000 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.Basketball legend Michael Jordan
I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.Jeff Bezos (Amazon Founder and CEO)
Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.Drew Houston (Dropbox CEO & Founder)
It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.Warren Buffett
You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.Walt Disney
It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No-one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you. All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.Mark Cuban
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.Thomas Edison
Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.Robert T. Kiyosaki (Author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad)
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.Winston Churchill
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.Paulo Coelho, Renowned Brazilian Novelist.