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Last Updated on December 18, 2019

30 Powerful Quotes On Failure That Will Lead You To Success

30 Powerful Quotes On Failure That Will Lead You To Success

No one can live their life without failing. I am not sure why people have such a fear of failure as it is a standard life experience we all must have. Failure as you will see from these 30 quotes is the key ingredient for the recipe of success!

Today’s society is obsessed with success and achievement and failure is definitely NOT part of the equation. Failure and making mistakes is hidden away or seen as a human weakness.

But be very wary of the messages you are being influenced by, when it comes to failure. If you avoid making mistakes in your life, struggle to do everything right and are obsessed with perfection and order, then living and experiencing a successful and happy life is going to be impossible to attain.

Reading through these 30 quotes, you will find a common theme about failure and that is – without failure, many of these people would not have been successful.

Embrace your failure whether it is one failure or many failures because with the right attitude, you are guaranteed a lifetime of success.

1. “Never let success get to your head; never let failure get to your heart.” — Anonymous

    2. “Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?” — Marilyn Monroe

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      3. “You always pass failure on your way to success.” — Mickey Rooney

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        4. “Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” — Chinese proverb

          5. “Successful people don’t fear failure but understand that it’s necessary to learn and grow from.” — Robert Kiyosaki

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            6. What people think success looks like isn’t true.

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              7. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” — Og Mandion

                8. “Fear regret more than failure.” — Taryn Rose

                  9. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” — Nelson Mandela

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                    10. “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” — Paulo Coelho

                      11. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” — Napoleon Hill

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                        12. I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas Alva Edison

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

                            14. “The only thing that separates success from failure is one last attempt. Try one more time and you will get lucky.” — Apoorve Dubey

                              15. “Failure is a detour; not a dead-end street.” — Zig Ziglar

                                16. “In the real world, very smart people fail and mediocre people rise. Part of what makes people fail or succeed are skills that have nothing to do with IQ. Also, the idea that intelligence can be gauged by an IQ test is erroneous.” — Camille Paglia

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                                  17. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” — Oprah Winfrey

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                                    18. “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

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                                      19. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” — Richard Branson

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                                        20. “Success or failure is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacity.” — Walter Scott

                                          21. “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. That is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

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                                            22. “There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” — José N. Harris

                                              23. “All people fail at certain instances in their lives, the only thing that makes them different is how they manage to stand up or how they choose to fail again.” — Unknown

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

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                                                  25. “Failure is good as long as it doesn’t become a habit.” — Michael Eisner

                                                    26. “If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve to be successful.” — Charles Barkley

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                                                      27. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.” — William A. Ward

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                                                        28. “Courage allows the successful woman to fail and learn powerful lessons, from the failure. So that in the end, she didn’t fail at all.” — Maya Angelou

                                                          29. “Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.” — William Saroyan

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                                                            30. “Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.” — Charlie Chaplin

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                                                              31. “Don’t fear failure — not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” — Bruce Lee

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                                                                12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

                                                                12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

                                                                The way you feel about yourself greatly influences how you live and interact with others. If you are confident about yourself, you tend to see yourself positively and actually enjoy spending time with and around people. You don’t feel self-conscious or awkward around others, and that allows you to live your fullest and happiest life.

                                                                However, if you’re drowning in a sea of self-doubt, hesitancy and shyness, you often withdraw and isolate yourself from others and avoid interacting and connecting with people. That anxiety you feel in the pit of your stomach when you are around people is holding you back greatly and it is not good for your emotional health and overall well-being. You need to do something about it if you are low in self-confidence or have friends or family members who are not confident.

                                                                “Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourself to anyone” – Anonymous

                                                                Here are simple, practical tips to boost your confidence right now and make you feel and act your best.

                                                                1. Stop labeling yourself as awkward, timid or shy.

                                                                When you label yourself as awkward, timid or shy, you sub-consciously tell your mind to act accordingly and psychologically feel inclined to live up to those expectations. Instead of labeling and entertaining negative self-talk, visualize and affirm yourself as confident and strong. Close your eyes for a minute and visualize yourself in different situation as you would like to be.

                                                                Be your own cheerleader. Experts believe that positive affirmation and good mental practices like picturing yourself winning or achieving a goal can lead to greater feelings of self-assurance and prepare your brain for success.[1] As the saying goes, “seeing is believing.” Picture yourself as confident and soon enough you will begin to manifest behavior that gives evidence to this new ‘fact.’

                                                                2. Recognize that the world is not focused on you (unless, of course, you are Kanye West).

                                                                That means you don’t have to be excessively sensitive about who you are or what you are doing (or not doing). You are not on the center stage; there is no need for preoccupation with self and perfectionism. As rap music star Rocko sings, “You just do you and I will do me, aight?”

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                                                                Forget about trying to please everyone or being perfect. Trying to be perfect and being a people-pleaser puts too much pressure on you and creates unnecessary anxiety. Besides, people are too preoccupied with their own issues to pay much attention to your every move unless, of course, you are a mega famous, super celebrity like Beyonce or Kanye West.

                                                                3. Focus on other people as opposed to yourself.

                                                                If you are low on confidence, self-conscious, nervous and shy in social situations, focus your attention on other people and what they are saying or doing instead of focusing on your own awkwardness.

                                                                For example, think about what it is that is interesting about the person who’s the centre of the party or the guy or girl you are talking with. Prompt them to talk more about themselves and be genuinely curious and interested in what they say. You will instantly come across as confident and warmhearted.

                                                                People generally want to talk about themselves, be heard and understood. They will love it when you’re eager and willing to listen to them and really hear what they have to say.

                                                                This habit of focusing more on what you love in others as opposed to what you dislike in yourself will not only help you become more assertive and comfortable in virtually all social situations, but also instantly make you feel great about yourself.

                                                                4. Know (and accept) yourself for who you are.

                                                                Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu, author of the internationally acclaimed book The Art of War, said, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” Even in the battle with lack of confidence, you will need to know yourself to win.

                                                                Knowing yourself starts with understanding that people are not all the same, neither are all social situation suitable for everyone. You might not be confident in large gatherings, but you could be bold and confident in one-on-one and small group interactions. We all have our own unique gifts and unique ways of expressing ourselves. Embrace yours!

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                                                                Introverts, for example, have a quiet confidence that is, unfortunately, often confused for shyness. They are naturally low key and prefer to spend time alone. However, this natural disposition affords them certain unique gifts, such as an ability to listen better than most people and notice things that others don’t.

                                                                Your uniqueness is where your strength and advantage lies. You won’t be comfortable and confident in all situations all the time. Albert Einstein said,

                                                                “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

                                                                5. Crack a smile.

                                                                If there is one sure way to instantly boost your confidence, it’s cracking a smile. Christine Clapp, a public speaking expert at The George Washington University, says that flashing those pretty, pearly white teeth will immediately make you appear both confident and composed. But, the effect of smiling is not just external. Studies show that smiling can also help nix feelings of stress and pave the way for a happier and more relaxed you.[2]

                                                                Not a bad return for something seemingly so trite, wouldn’t you agree?

                                                                6. Break a sweat—with exercise.

                                                                Working out is another great way to make yourself feel amazing and confident. Science has shown that exercising increases your endorphins, helps reduce stress, tones your muscles and makes you feel happy and confident.[3]

                                                                And hey, all you have to do is take a walk a few times a week and you’ll see the benefits. What seems to matter—as far as your confidence goes—is whether you break a sweat, not how strenuous your session is, which is pretty cool. Start working out now.

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                                                                7. Groom yourself.

                                                                This might seem mundane, but it’s amazing how much of a difference a shower and shave can have on your confidence and self-image. And when you spritz on a scent, the boost on confidence and self-esteem is incredible. As it turns out, your favorite fragrance does more than make you smell oh-so-nice.

                                                                A study found that a fragrance can inspire confidence in men. Interestingly, the study also found that the more a man likes the fragrance, the more confident he might feel. Another study found that 90% of women feel more confident while wearing a scent than those who go fragrance-free.

                                                                8. Dress nicely.

                                                                Another one that might seem trite, but it works. If you dress nicely, you’ll instantly feel good about yourself and give your confidence a real boost. That is largely because you’ll feel attractive, presentable and sometimes even successful in nice clothes.

                                                                While dressing nicely means something different for everyone, it does not necessarily mean wearing $500 designer outfits. It means wearing clothes that are clean, that you are comfortable in and that are nice-looking and presentable, including casual clothes.

                                                                9. Do activities you enjoy.

                                                                Whether it is reading a book, playing a musical instrument, riding your bicycle or going fishing, do what you really enjoy and what makes you truly happy often. It will boost your self-esteem, soothe your ego and allow you to identify with your gifts and talents. That will in turn bolster your self-belief and grow your confidence exponentially.

                                                                You might not become popular for doing what you love, but you might not even want to be popular at all. Being popular doesn’t make you happy; doing what you love does.

                                                                10. Prepare for the possibility of rejection / setback.

                                                                Late World No. 1 professional tennis player Arthur Ashe said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation.” You need to prepare for the possibility of rejection and setback.

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                                                                Why?

                                                                Everybody suffers rejection and setback at one point or another. You are not exempted. The question on your mind, therefore, should not be if you will be rejected, but how you will handle rejection when it comes.

                                                                Prepare yourself adequately in every situation to minimize the risk and effect of rejection and so that your confidence is not broken. For example, learn public speaking and rehearse what you are going to say beforehand if you have landed a public speaking engagement. That way, you are sure of yourself and confident you have what it takes to hack it. If you are rejected, don’t take it personally.

                                                                Rejection and setbacks happen to the best of us. Take it as a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

                                                                11. Face uncomfortable situations square in the face.

                                                                Don’t run away from uncomfortable situations. Running away from people or situations because you feel scared, shy or timid only confirms and reinforces your shyness. Instead, face the situation that makes you uneasy square in the face. For example, go ahead and talk to that person you are afraid to approach, or go straight to the front of your yoga class! What’s the worst that can happen?

                                                                Prepare and be ready for any eventuality. The more you face your fears, the more you realize you are stronger than you thought and the more confident you get. This simple, yet admittedly courageous, act makes you unstoppable. You get comfortable being uncomfortable and begin to feel like you can take on the world. And that is the hallmark of someone destined for great things.

                                                                12. Sit up straight and walk tall—you are awesome!

                                                                Yes, sit up straight and believe you are awesome. Don’t slump in your chair or slouch your shoulders. Experts say the right stance can not only keep your self-esteem and mood lifted, but also lead to more confidence in your own thoughts.[4]

                                                                The way to sit is to open up your chest and keep your head level so that you look and feel poised and assured. And when you get up, stand tall and walk like you’re on a mission. People who sit up straight and walk tall are more attractive and instantly feel more confident. Try it now: you’ll feel fierce and confident just by sitting up straight and walking tall.

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