If you’re successful in business, you know failure.

If it’s just the result you’re looking for, you’ll never make it. Hard work, effort and tenacity pays through the stepping stones of multiple, repetitive failure which translate into learning opportunities.

I was inspired—again—through listening to an interview from a former president. He had a particularly eventful presidency, to say the least, but here’s what inspired. He noted his many failures and challenged his opponents to list these failures…all of them…because at least he tried.


His point, in my opinion, is it is our ability to learn from these failures that creates the success. The ability to know what we did that didn’t work with the end goal in mind, never losing site of the destination.

In this, I would like to highlight some fantastic quotes from the world’s leading FAILURES.

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

“Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.” Lucy Maud Montgomery

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles, and obstacles, have strengthened me…you may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world.” Walt Disney

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett

“It is not failure if you’ve enjoyed the process.” Oprah Winfrey

“All my successes have been built on my failures.” Disraeli

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

“Failure is so much more interesting because you learn from it.” James Dyson

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again, only more intelligently.” Henry Ford

“Take chances and never have regrets because at one point everything you did was exactly what you wanted.” Marilyn Munroe

“True champions are always the ones that win, but those with the most guts.” Mia Hamm

“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” Jim Carrey

“It’s not necessary to fear the prospect of failure, but to be determined not to fail.” Jimmy Carter

“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Everything negative—pressure, challenges—are all an opportunity for me to rise.” Kobe Bryant

“Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.” Bill Clinton

“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail, than to attempt nothing and succeed.” Robert H. Schuller

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

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” Estee Lauder

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

“Honorable errors do not count as failures in science, but as seeds for progress in the quintessential activity of correction.” Stephen Jay Gould

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” Billie Jean King

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela, who also reminded people. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

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