5 Lessons on Failure From 10 Successful People

It’s normal to only picture success when you’re dreaming your big dreams. But, failure is also an inevitable part of the journey — some of the world’s most successful people have encountered major disappointment before watching their dreams come true.

Today, we’re sharing inspiring quotes from some of them to help you persevere past disappointments.


Failure is Only a Detour.

“For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” – Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motors


This is Your Learning Opportunity.

“You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” – Thomas J. Watson, former chairman and CEO of IBM

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it’s more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates, cofounder and former CEO of Microsoft



… But Don’t Dwell on Disappointment.

“My mother always taught me never to look back in regret but to move on to the next thing. The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project always amazes me. A setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve.” – Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group

“It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” – Roger Babson, entrepreneur and founder of Babson College


Don’t Fear Failure.

“So many people don’t take risks for fear of failure. They don’t start the business, they don’t go create the art they want to create, or they don’t go try out to be in the play, or whatever it is, for the fear of failure. Once you redefine that for yourself and realize the failure is just not trying, then life opens up to you in many ways.” – Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx

“You have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid.” – Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post



Never Stop Trying.

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and by falling over.” – Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs, cofounder and former CEO of Apple Inc.

By Priscilla Aceves

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