Success Is A Lousy Teacher. It Seduces Smart People Into Thinking They Can’t Lose – Bill Gates

Like Bill Gates said, Success is a lousy teacher that seduces smart people into thinking that they can’t Lose. We learn more from failure than from Success, but we are wired to take the path of least resistance. Great innovators know the drill; failure eventually leads to Success, Thomas Edison, was said to have tried 10,000 times before he could create the light bulb and Sir James Dyson’s had 5,126 attempts on his path to creating a bagless vacuum cleaner. 

Life is not a bed of roses, sometimes you win, sometimes your learn, whatever would go wrong, would go wrong (Murphy’s Law) but you have to keep your head high and ask yourself what is the lesson? What is the messAGE from this mess?. You just have to keep failing forward, fall down two times, and pick yourself up three times.

Here are some great quotes on failure:

  1. “Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” – Chinese proverb
  2. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.” – Napoleon Hill
  3. “There is no failure except no longer trying There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.” – KEN HUBBARD
  4. “Failure is the hallmark of success. It can be the starting point of a new venture, such as when a baby learns to walk; it has to fall down a lot to learn the new skill. Failure is also the mark of a success you’ve worked for. When a becomes the starting point for his next effort, proving that failure is not final!” —DAVE ANDERSON
  5. “There are a thousand excuses for failure but never a good reason.” – MARK TWAIN

6. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

7. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

8. “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 have failed by default.” —J. K. Rowling

9. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates

10. “Failure is a detour; not a dead-end street.” – Zig Ziglar

11. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert Kennedy

12. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

13. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.”- George Bernard Shaw

14. “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”Winston Churchill

15. “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” – Confucius

16. “The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.” – John C. Maxwell

17. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley

18. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s ok to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.” – H. Stanley Judd

19. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

20. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

21. Life is full of screwups. You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existence. – Sarah Dessen

22. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”-Richard Branson

23. “Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail.” – Lester B. Pearson

24. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. – C. S. Lewis

25. “Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.” – George Eliot

26. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six 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

27. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

28. “The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures. The person who knows only success can be more oblivious to all the pitfalls.” — Randy Pausch

29. “A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience.” – Elbert Hubbard

30. “There are no failures in life. There are only results. Consider the adage: Success in life is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is usually the result of experience. Experience is usually the result of bad judgment.” – Tony Robbins

All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

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