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Last Updated on February 19, 2020

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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                                                                10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

                                                                10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

                                                                Most discussions on positively influencing others eventually touch on Dale Carnegie’s seminal work, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Written more than 83 years ago, the book touches on a core component of human interaction, building strong relationships. It is no wonder why.

                                                                Everything that we do hinges on our ability to connect with others and formulate deep relationships. You cannot sell a house, buy a house, advance in most careers, sell a product, pitch a story, teach a course, etc. without building healthy relationships. Managers get the best results from their teams, not through brute force, but to careful appeals to their sensibilities, occasional withdrawals from the reservoir of respect they’ve built. Using these tactics, they can influence others to excellence, to productivity, and to success.

                                                                Carnegie’s book is great. Of course, there are other resources too. Most of us have someone in our lives who positively influences us. The truth is positively influencing people is about centering the humanity of others. Chances are, you know someone who is really good at making others feel like stars. They can get you to do things that the average person cannot. Where the requests of others sound like fingernails on a chalkboard, the request from this special person sounds like music to your ears. You’re delighted to not only listen but also to oblige.

                                                                So how to influence people in a positive way? Read on for tips.

                                                                1. Be Authentic

                                                                To influence people in a positive way, be authentic. Rather than being a carbon copy of someone else’s version of authenticity, uncover what it is that makes you unique.

                                                                Discover your unique take on an issue and then live up to and honor that. Once of the reasons social media influencers are so powerful is that they have carved out a niche for themselves or taken a common issue and approached it from a novel or uncommon way. People instinctually appreciate people whose public persona matches their private values.

                                                                Contradictions bother us because we crave stability. When someone professes to be one way, but lives contrary to that profession, it signals that they are confused or untrustworthy and thereby, inauthentic. Neither of these combinations bode well for positively influencing others.

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                                                                2. Listen

                                                                Growing up, my father would tell me to listen to what others said. He told me if I listened carefully, I would know all I needed to know about a person’s character, desires and needs.

                                                                To positively influence others, you must listen to what is spoken and what is left unsaid. Therein lies the explanation for what people need in order to feel validated, supported and seen. If a person feels they are invisible, and unseen by their superiors, they are less likely to be positively influenced by that person.

                                                                Listening meets a person’s primary need of validation and acceptance.

                                                                Take a look at this guide on how to be a better listener: How to Practice Active Listening (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                                                                3. Become an Expert

                                                                Most people are predisposed to listen to, if not respect, authority. If you want to positively influence others, become an authority in the area in which you seek to lead others. Research and read everything you can about the given topic, and then look for opportunities to put your education into practice.

                                                                You can argue over opinions. You cannot argue, or it is unwise to argue, over facts and experts come with facts.

                                                                4. Lead with Story

                                                                From years of working in the public relations space, I know that personal narratives, testimonials and impact stories are incredibly powerful. But I never cease to be amazed with how effective a well-timed and told story can be.

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                                                                If you want to influence people, learn to tell stories. Your stories should be related to the issue or concept you are discussing. They should be an analogy or metaphor that explains your topic in ordinary terms and in vivid detail. To learn more about how to tell powerful stories, and the ethics of storytelling, take a look at this article: How To Tell An Interesting Story In 4 Simple Steps

                                                                5. Lead by Example

                                                                It is incredibly inspiring to watch passionate, talented people at work or play. One of the reasons a person who is not an athlete can be in awe of athletic prowess is because human nature appreciates the extraordinary. When we watch the Olympics, Olympic trials, gymnastic competitions, ice skating, and other competitive sports, we can recognize the effort of people who day in and day out give their all. C

                                                                ase in point: Simone Biles. The gymnast extraordinaire won her 6TH all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships after doing a triple double. She was the first woman to do so. Watching her gave me chills. Even non-gymnasts and non-competitive athletes can appreciate the talent required to pull off such a remarkable feat.

                                                                We celebrate remarkable accomplishments and believe that their example is proof that we too can accomplish something great, even if it isn’t qualifying for the Olympics. To influence people in a positive way, we must lead by example, lead with intention and execute with excellence.

                                                                6. Catch People Doing Good

                                                                A powerful way to influence people in a positive way is to catch people doing good. Instead of looking for problems, look for successes. Look for often overlooked, but critically important things that your peers, subordinates and managers do that make the work more effective and more enjoyable.

                                                                Once you catch people doing good, name and notice their contributions.

                                                                7. Be Effusive with Praise

                                                                It did not take me long to notice a remarkable trait of a former boss. He not only began and ended meetings with praise, but he peppered praise throughout the entire meeting. He found a way to celebrate the unique attributes and skills of his team members. He was able to quickly and accurately assess what people were doing well and then let them and their colleagues know.

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                                                                Meetings were not just an occasion to go through a “To Do” list, they were opportunities to celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small they are.

                                                                8. Be Kind Rather Than Right

                                                                I am going to level with you; this one is tough. It is easy to get caught up in a cycle of proving oneself. For people who lack confidence, or people who prioritize the opinions of others, being right is important. The validation that comes with being perceived as “right” feeds one’s ego. But in the quest to be “right,” we can hurt other people. Once we’ve hurt someone by being unkind, it is much harder to get them to listen to what we’re trying to influence them to do.

                                                                The antidote to influencing others via bullying is to prioritize kindness above rightness. You can be kind and still stand firm in your position. For instance, many people think that they need others to validate their experience. If a person does not see the situation you experienced in the way you see it, you get upset. But your experience is your experience.

                                                                If you and your friends go out to eat and you get food poisoning, you do not need your friends to agree that the food served at the restaurant was problematic for you. Your own experience of getting food poisoning is all the validation you need. Therefore, taking time to be right is essentially wasted and, if you were unkind in seeking validation for your food-poison experience, now you’ve really lost points.

                                                                9. Understand a Person’s Logical, Emotional and Cooperative Needs

                                                                The Center for Creative Leadership has argued that the best way to influence others is to appeal to their logical, emotional and cooperative needs. Their logical need is their rational and educational need. Their emotional need is the information that touches them in a deeply personal manner. The cooperative need is understanding the level of cooperation various individuals need and then appropriately offering it.

                                                                The trick with this system is to understand that different people need different things. For some people, a strong emotional appeal will outweigh logical explanations. For others, having an opportunity to collaborate will override emotional connection.

                                                                If you know your audience, you will know what they need in order to be positively influenced. If you have limited information about the people whom you are attempting to influence, you will be ineffective.

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                                                                10. Understand Your Lane

                                                                If you want to positively influence others, operate from your sphere of influence. Operate from your place of expertise. Leave everything else to others. Gone are the days when being a jack of all trades is celebrated.

                                                                Most people appreciate brands that understand their target audience and then deliver on what that audience wants. When you focus on what you are uniquely gifted and qualified to do, and then offer that gift to the people who need it, you are likely more effective. This effectiveness is attractive.

                                                                You cannot positively influence others if you are more preoccupied by what others do well versus what you do well.

                                                                Final Thoughts

                                                                Influencing people is about centering your humanity. If you want to influence others positively, focus on the way you communicate and improve the relationship with yourself first.

                                                                It’s hard to influence others if you’re still trying to figure out how to communicate with yourself.

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