If you fail at something, it does not make you a failure. You are a failure if you think you are. Here are my favorite quotes that shed light on what failure really is.
“Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.”- Jawaharlal Nehru, Former Indian Prime Minister
You are not a failure when you have your plans, your objectives, and your ideals. Failure is a temporary thing. It is not a permanent thing. Don’t make it permanent.
“A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.”- Christian Nestell Bovee, writer
If your determination to succeed is strong enough, nothing can stop you from reaching your goals. But if there is no strong determination to succeed, failure will be the end result.
“Just because you failed at something doesn’t mean you’re a failure.”- Margie Warrell
It is okay to fail. Just because you failed at something, it doesn’t mean you are a complete failure. No, you are not. But you are a failure if you say you are. Be careful what you tell yourself.
“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”- B. F. Skinner, psychologist
To make the right decision, you need the right information. You need the right people around you. You need the right data. You need also to be in the right state of mind. If any of these factors are missing, and you end up making the wrong decision, does it make you a failure?
If you quit, you are a quitter. if you push productively on, you will win the fight. No matter how tough, never quit. If you do choose to quit, try something better. Try something you are really good at, and you will be successful.
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”- OG Mandiho, motivational writer
Nothing is more powerful than the determination to succeed. If your determination is strong enough, success will follow-but not without difficulties.
“Failure is success in progress.”- Albert Einstein
Success is the result of multiple failures. If you fail, keep failing forward.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”- Winston Churchill
If you have the courage to continue, regardless of your situation, there is nothing you cannot achieve in your life.
“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”- John Dewey, philosopher
If you want to be successful in life, make it a habit of studying your failures. When you fail at something, don’t blame yourself. Study what went wrong, and learn from it. If you don’t take the time to study your failures, you will make the same mistakes again. Study your failures.
“If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”- Woody Allen, writer
It takes time to be an expert. If you want to do better than others are doing, you should be ready to fail multiple times. It takes a while to master new things. So, be patient.
“Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.”- Woody Allen
If you walk away from failure, you will never understand what went wrong. The purpose of studying failures is to understand what went wrong. If you don’t know what went wrong, how can you do anything about it? You can’t.
Quotes are powerful. When you are going through something, read great quotes.