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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.
Failure is unfortunately as common as success.
Brain surgeons are dealing with the very last thread of life, and they have to be very confident, but I think they tend to remember their failures rather than their successes, and that must be very hard. Who do you share that failure with? That's why their personal lives are often disastrous.
I think I've failed every test I've ever taken. If there was a failure I would have been it.
Lisa Marie Presley
Schools don't really allow failure and yet it's a valid part of any endeavour, not just writing.
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.
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.
My greatest fear is 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.
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.
The greatest failure is that although we have created institutions, we have not created a civil society.
It's failure, really, that you grow by, although nobody likes to experience 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.
To harmonize the One with the Many, this is indeed a difficult adjustment, perhaps the most difficult of all, and so important, withal, that nations have perished from their failure to achieve it.
In Iraq we must succeed. Failure is not an option.
The only reason my work seems to be eclectic up to a certain period is because I was a failure as an actor.
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.
None of us is guaranteed against failure or corruption of any kind; witness what's going on in the world in this moment, the follies of human nature and the failures of human nature.
Life is nothing but a bunch of experiences. There's no such thing as success or 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 failure of women to have reached positions of leadership has been due in large part to social and professional discrimination.
Rosalyn S. Yalow
I don't look at football as a violent, barbaric sport. It's a very spiritual sport, especially for someone facing the challenges during a game: the fear of failure, the fear of getting too big an ego, of making a mistake and everybody criticizing you.
If you have a level of expectation in your life that you have to be a quote-unquote star, whatever that means, you might be setting yourself up for failure.
I've become a professional failure - in order to pay the mortgage I have to remain unemployed. Luckily, a disaster always seems to befall me at exactly the right moment.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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