When you create something you want it to succeed at all cost. Whether it is your new business or it is your first Chicken Thai curry, your only aim is success. You don’t even know how to deal with success? If you succeed…will you be able to get handsome profit with minimum cost? Will you be able to get that authentic Thai curry flavor? Go out and start your very own Thai restaurant? The truth is you really don’t know the perfect definition of success. The only thing you know is SUCCESS is the positive outcome and FAILURE is the NEGATIVE outcome. You only know one think that FAILURE is not the outcome you envisage.
We deal with this “Negative” outcome in either of the two ways – “Failure is not an option” or “Fail fast, fail often”. Most of us choose the first scenario – “Failure is not an option” that means the only option we have is to succeed. Don’t you think this will lead to stress and anxiety? Risk aversion? Playing foul? Playing safe? You will only celebrate short lived and stagnant success. In the long run, be ready to perish. The other option is “Fail fast, fail often”. My 2-year-old chubby really understands this very well she builds her “Burj Khalifa” (world’s tallest skyscraper) with blocks and when it falls, she again starts to make it. Every time she fails she makes it differently and eventually she learned to make a tall tower with her blocks. My job as a parent is to encourage her to make her “Burj Khalifa” without any fear or shame.
Before being the richest person in the world, Bill Gates’ first entrepreneurial venture, Traf-o-data, was a failure. James Dyson took 5 years and 5126 failed prototypes to make world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner. Richard Branson, a billionaire philanthropist and the owner of Virgin Brand, had poor reading and math skills. He proudly admits that he’s dyslexic all his life but it didn’t stop him to become a magnetic media icon. His first venture was a failure too.
“Learn from failure. If you are an entrepreneur and your first venture wasn’t a success, welcome to the club!”- Richard Branson
What is the most common factor with these success stories? What plays an important role in success? It is not risk aversion but it is failure. Acknowledging failure, learning from the mistakes and passion will bring the success that we aim for. And today I want to share with you 15 inspiring quotes from winners who weren’t afraid to fail
“To take risk and fail is not a failure. Real failure is to fear taking any risk.” – Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
“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
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure”.- Bill Gates
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford
“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
“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong
“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
“It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGenere
“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” – George Edward Woodberry
“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”-Oprah Winfrey
“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
“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”- Woody Allen
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”-Thomas Edison
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fail”- Confucius
See you next Monday with more inspiring quotes! Here is a JK Rowling speech that will motivate you to look beyond failure!