Jeff Lind

Try something this year that didn’t quite work out? Congratulations! You’re on your way to success.

There is no innovation without “failure.” If you believe failure is “something to avoid,” you can kiss innovation goodbye. Failure is necessary. If the word puts you in a bad mood, use another one — like “experiment,” for example.  Food for thought-

  • “The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” — Thomas Watson, Founder of IBM
  • “I have not failed once. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.” — Thomas Edison
  • “An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.” — Charles Kettering
  • “Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert F. Kennedy
  • “Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” — Horace
  • “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” — Henry Ford
  • “No matter how well you perform, there’s always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it’s lousy.” — Sir Laurence Olivier
  • “If your life is free of failures, you’re not taking enough risks.” — H. Jackson Brown
  • “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” — Beverly Sills
  • “Failure is success if we learn from it.” — Malcolm Forbes
  • “You can only be as good as you dare to be bad.” — John Barrymore
  • “The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.” — Paramahansa Yogananda
  • “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.” — Napoleon Hill
  • “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”– Mary Pickford
  • “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” — Winston Churchill
  • “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb
  • “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius
  • “Stumbling is not falling.” — Portuguese Proverb

As business people we have to be more innovative than ever before so let’s keep “experimenting” our way to success!

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