Why You Should Embrace Failure: All Successful People Have

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” – Abraham Lincoln

We all know that failure helps us learn and grow. Many of us may even realize that we learn more from our failures than our successes. Yet somehow, we still fear failure, don’t we?

Some of the greatest success stories in the world rise from a major failure. People like J.K. Rowling, Walt Disney, and Tina Fey all self-identified as epic failures at one point. So what’s the secret to not being afraid to fail?

Embrace it. If you have an attitude that nothing will ever get you down, that no amount of rejection or mistakes will make you lose sight of the big picture, that’s when you will rise. It’s a little thing called “grit,” and it can change your life.

All successful people have embraced their failures and moved past them. In fact, they will tell you that their failures were the best things that ever happened to them.

Here are 10 quotes from famous failures to give you some inspiration:

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.” – Steve Jobs

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

“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

“We don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times you failed. You only have to be right once. I tried to sell powdered milk. I was an idiot lots of times, and I learned from them all.” – Mark Cuban, Billionaire Entrepreneur

“So the reality is that you just have to say, ‘I’m more committed to my vision than I’m committed to your doubt or my fear,’ and just go for it…” – Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul. He is also known for saying, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

“You might never fail on the scale I did, but 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

“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

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