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This is the paradox for me: in failure alone is there any possibility of success. I don't think I'm alone in this - nor do I think it's an attitude that only prevails among people whose work is obviously 'creative'.
No matter how well things are going, failure and disaster are just around the corner. So celebrate the good, but be ready for the bad.
I'm fully aware that things that resonate and become real hits are the exception to the rule, so much so that I've wired myself for failure.
Unwillingness to risk failure is always there, but it gets harder when you feel you have more to lose.
I teach students that what people say about failure in politics is mostly wrong. People always told me, 'They'll praise you on your way up and kick you on your way down.' That wasn't my experience. I can't walk down the street in Toronto without someone coming up and saying hello.
Our educational system is not preparing people for the 21st Century. Failure is an essential part of entrepreneurship. If you work hard, you can get an 'A' pretty much guaranteed, but in entrepreneurship, that's not how it works.
It's failure, really, that you grow by, although nobody likes to experience it.
I was convicted of three misdemeanors of willful failure to file a form.
By virtually any measure, the record of the Republican Majority is an appalling failure.
Sheila Jackson Lee
I think I've failed every test I've ever taken. If there was a failure I would have been it.
Lisa Marie Presley
I like Diaspora because it's audacious, it's driven by passion, and it's very, very hard to do. After all, who in their right mind would set as a goal taking on Facebook? That's sort of like deciding to build a better search engine - very expensive, with a high likelihood of failure.
You always want to try, in everything you do, to attempt something you've never tried before, and the only way to succeed at that is through failure, and the only way to succeed through failure is just banging your head against the wall over and over until you get to that interesting thing on the other side.
Failure is the most terrible thing in our business. When we fail, the whole world knows about it.
It is important for investors to understand what they do and don't know. Learn to recognize that you cannot possibly know what is going to happen in the future, and any investment plan that is dependent on accurately forecasting where markets will be next year is doomed to failure.
Running helped me learn how to deal with failure, and failure is a big part of the Internet business.
When I started running cross-country and track in high school, literally every race was a failure.
I think it's one of the main negative emotional ingredients that fuels show business, because there's so much at stake and the fear of failure looms large.
Sometimes people call me a success for all the reasons that make me think I'm a failure.
We now live in a world where the only thing to have is success, but failure is marvelous. It's fertiliser, it's like living fertiliser, because you're forced on yourself.
Failure is central to engineering. Every single calculation that an engineer makes is a failure calculation. Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.
Every company needs to have a skunkworks, to try things that have a high probability of failing. You try to minimize failure, but at the same time, if you're not willing to try things that are inherently risky, you're not going to make progress.
My greatest fear is failure.
My only failure was the restaurant in Myrtle Beach. I kept it open for four years. It was in a tourist town, it was only busy four and half, five months of the year. But the bills kept coming all year.
The greatest failure is that although we have created institutions, we have not created a civil society.
The failure of the Russian Socialist Republic will be the defeat of the proletariat of the whole world.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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