“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
~ Thomas Alva Edison
“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
~ Sir Winston Churchill
These quotes carry much weight because these two persons have put into perspective that their success does not come by chance alone but rather by a series of failures or mistakes that guide them to where they were in their eventual success. In Edison’s case, it was his notable inventions of the light bulb, microphone and other devices, and in Churchill’s case, it was his leadership of Britain to pull through World War Two. Indeed, failure does not define us; rather failure teaches success.
I also like this similar quote by Michael Jordan.
“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
- Overcoming the fear of failure (christianpf.com)
- In Defense Of Skipping College And Enrolling In The Real World (forbes.com)
- Failing does not make you a failure (imconfident.wordpress.com)
- Quotes (dawn.com)