Failure: The Secret to Success

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When you get a chance, pick up a copy of Failure: The Secret to Success by friend Robby Slaughter. Robby has put together a great guide on failing successfully so that you can learn and grow from your failure. I can’t do the book justice – there are incredible anecdotes from some of the greatest leaders in industry.

However, I would like to share some of the failure quotes from the book to inspire you:

The knowledge gained from failures is often instrumental in achieving subsequent successes. In the simplest terms, failure is the ultimate teacher. David Garvin

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

Failure underscores the need to take chances. The cliche is right: If you take no risks, there will be no rewards. And if you are taking risks, almost by definition, you are going to fail at some point. Jeff Wuorio

I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work. Thomas Edison

No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar. Donald Foster

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. Neils Bohr

We can only make fantastic advances in technology through many failures. Takeo Fukui

Those who succeed tend to be the ones who allow themselves to fail. Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

Rule #1: you have to learn to fail, to win. David Sandler

Here’s a fantastic video from Honda with the same name, discussing Honda’s failures throughout the years.

Order a copy of Failure: The Secret to Success and be sure to check out Robby’s ongoing posts on his blogFailure.


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    I believe it holds true not only with Industry leaders, but leaders in general. Leaders fail.
    For example, he lost his job, started his own biz and failed. He was defeated, in a bid, for speaker of the house, in a state senate. He was defeated in nomination attempts for Congress, Senate and Vice President. He won a congressional seat then was not re-nominated! He suffered a nervous breakdown and was then rejected as a state land officer. Once again, he was defeated in a Senate run. He did not give up. He was Abraham Lincoln.

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