Yesterday, a girl told me she always felt like a failure. I asked her, “What if the concept of failure did not exist?” — a question I’ve asked before in therapy and in this blog (here and here).
She answered that question the same way many others have: “That would be GREAT.” I said, “Welcome to my world.”
What would happen if we all pretended that the concept of failure did not exist?
I did not fail to find great quotes about failure here:
Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be. —John Wooden
Success is often achieved by those who do not know that failure is inevitable. — Coco Chanel
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. — Denis Waitley
When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important. — Ellen DeGeneres
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways which won’t work. — Thomas A. Edison
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. — Winston Churchill
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. —Paulo Coelho
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill
We are all failures – at least the best of us are. — J.M. Barrie
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. —Johnny Cash
Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing. —J.K. Rowling
No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist. —Chris Hardwick
With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push the limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die. — Criss Jami
Whenever I write these blog posts, this message appears:
Saving of draft failed.
I don’t let that stop me.
Let’s see if failure exists in any of my recent photos:
I keep failing at that very difficult level in Peggle but I keep retrying, which I find comforting.
I wonder what interesting failures are ahead for me today?
Here‘s Billie Holiday with “I’ll Never Fail You” …
and Bonnie Raitt with “You Can’t Fail Me Now.”
I’ll never fail to thank those who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.