- I don’t have enough experience.
- The timing is all wrong.
- I don’t have the money.
- I’m too busy.
- I don’t know how.
- I don’t have the creativity.
- I’d have to go back to school.
- I can’t do it by myself.
- What will my friends think?
- 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.