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10 Sure-Fire ways to Achieve Failure

Product shot of Pet Rock, fad from mid-1970s, displayed w. its own carrying case.  (Photo by Al Freni//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images) What lame excuse did you give the last time you gave up on an idea? 

  1. I don’t have enough experience.
  2. The timing is all wrong.
  3. I don’t have the money.
  4. I’m too busy.
  5. I don’t know how.
  6. I don’t have the creativity.
  7. I’d have to go back to school.
  8. I can’t do it by myself.
  9. What will my friends think?
  10. If it was a good idea, someone would have done it already.

It’s easy to come up with all sorts of reasons to ignore a good idea, and we’re all guilty. We let our fears control us, and that leads to inaction, which leads to failure. Failure isn’t the end of the world, as your fear would like you to believe. It is the beginning of learning. Listen to these wise people.

Failure is the tuition you pay for success ~ Walter Brunell

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure ~ Abraham Lincoln

Remember that failure is an event, not a person ~ Zig Ziglar

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts ~Winston Churchill

I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process ~ Oprah Winfrey

Like it or not, failure is part of learning and growing. I always remember Thomas Edison when something gets hard and I want to give up. It is purported that when asked about his 2000 failures in developing a working incandescent light bulb, Thomas Edison replied:

I didn’t fail … I found out 2000 ways how not to make a light bulb … but I only need to find one way to make it work.

This quote is probably anecdotal, but the point is still made. Failure is to give up, success is to continue.

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