Failure Is Your Friend & Teacher
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“The only failure is the failure to learn from failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Failure is not Fatal.” —Anonymous
Failure Is Not a Thing
- Failure is not some superstitious or magical power out to get you.
- Failure is caused by bad choices, not by your being bad.
- Failure is not a catastrophe that you must panic over.
- Failure is the teacher that presents the experience of doing it wrong.
- Failure is the path to winner.
- Failure is the advice to problem-solve or cope.
- Failure is full of information you need.
- Failure is the fear that produces failures if you believe it has power.
- Failure is not a sign to quit the game, but, rather, a sign to go back and read the rules of the game again.
- Failure can be felt as inferior or failure can be studied to produce superior performance.
Quotations from Various Sources
“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” —James Joyce
“Admitting Error clears the Score / And proves you Wiser than before.” —Arthur Guiterman
“By honestly acknowledging your past errors, but never damning yourself for them, you can learn to use your past for your own future benefit.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition,p. 194
“Don’t try to cover your mistakes with false words. Rather, correct your mistakes with examination.” —Pythagoras, fragment
“Failure comes from correcting people instead of mistakes.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Failure comes not from mistakes but from not correcting mistakes.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Failure doesn’t have anything to do with your intrinsic value as a person.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition,p. 206
“Failure is an event, never a person.” —William D. Brown
“Failure is doing nothing.” —Paul A. Hauck
“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” —John Dewey
“Fear not: for I am with thee:” —Isaiah 43:5
“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” —I Peter 2:20
“Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you.” —Herbert Gasser
“He is only exempt from failures who makes no effort.” —Richard Whately
“He that fears not the future may enjoy the present.” —Thomas Fuller
“I have made mistakes but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one.” —James Gordon Bennett
“If we eliminated all errors, we would also eliminate much discovery, art, insight, learning, and creativity that results from facing errors.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it’s only kept a secret from the person who fails.” —Robert Half
“Many lessons can only be received through failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” —Auguste Rodin
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” —Robert F. Kennedy
“Since you cannot fail to fail, you can only fail to make an effort.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Success requires failure to learn how to succeed.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Suicide is the only failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.” —Laurence Peter
“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
“The secret of success is failing a lot and figuring out why.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“The secret of success is learning from mistakes.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“There is no shame in having fallen. Nor any shame in being born into a lowly estate. There is only shame in not struggling to rise. And also shame for not wishing to attain the better. Or not dreaming about it and praying for it.” —Samuel Amalu
“They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.” —Edmund Burke
“To admit a mistake is also to admit you are now wiser.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“To lose is to learn.” —Anonymous
“What is there to be afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is you fail. So what? I failed at a lot of things. My first record was horrible.” —John Mellencamp
“Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.” —Johann Kaspar Lavater
“Your abilities are neither diminished nor lost because of your mistakes and failures.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Your road to success is paved with your failures.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice