Paradigm Buster: Failure is the secret to success

Whether you've lost your job, your business is tanking, or your boyfriend just dumped you, these days it's easy to fall in a slump and feel like a failure. Remember failure is an event, never a person. It is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Here are a few paradigm buster quotes and a FANTASTIC short film by Honda:

"Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down." ~Mary Pickford

"The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything - and it works." ~William Strong

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work". ~Thomas Edison

"There is no failure except in no longer trying." ~Elbert Hubbard

"One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake." ~Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, "I have failed three times," and what happens when he says, "I am a failure." ~S.I. Hayakawa

"You always pass failure on your way to success." ~Mickey Rooney

Honda on failure. I found it following Guy Kawasaki aka @guykawasaki on twitter:...

"Failure. The mere thought can paralyze even the most heroic thinkers and keep great ideas off the drawing board. But is failing really that bad? We get an inside look at the mishaps of Honda racers..."

amanda hite
talent revolution
a drastic change in thinking and behaving with talent
founder, change agent
THE relevant talent acquisition and consulting network

Views: 3

Tags: amanda, failure, guy, hite, honda, kawaskaki, key, racers, revolution, success, More…talent, to


You need to be a member of FohBoh to add comments!

Join FohBoh

Comment by Keith Bernhardt on February 8, 2009 at 11:57am

My wife followed AI more than I Do, but I like Carrie Underwood from past season and I liked Kim Locke.
David Cook and David Archuletta from last season.
This season seems like a soap opera so far !! Who are your favorites ?
Comment by Amanda Hite on February 5, 2009 at 5:24pm
@keith, do you have an idol fav?

Comment by Keith Bernhardt on February 4, 2009 at 9:01pm
This is a great blog, Amanda.

I was watching "American idol" earlier and I think some have "American idol" syndrome, by that, I mean some feel if they fail or don't make it at something , then they have failed in life. That is not true. It obviously isnot the right time
for you or whomever to do that. it doesn't mean that any of us are bound to be failures. I agree with your title, we have to fail or be disappointed in order to succeed.
Comment by Amanda Hite on February 3, 2009 at 5:59pm
@debra love the analogy
@julie wow, you are one of the most inspiring people I know I'm lucky to have met you.
Comment by susan holaday on February 3, 2009 at 1:59pm
Michael isn't alone- I only watch CNN, cancelled my Boston Globe and only read the NY Times which seems to have retained some measure of sanity albeit while losing millions of dollars last year! I did an outlook story in my last issue in which I said operators will determine what this year is like by deciding whether to see the glass as half full or half empty.
Comment by Amanda Hite on February 3, 2009 at 1:32pm
@michael the media doesn't help anything that's for sure. thanks for sharing and being so transparent
@jason the recruiter, thanks for the nice words!
Comment by Amanda Hite on February 3, 2009 at 1:30pm
@susan what a great way to put it
@jim I think your approach is right on
Comment by Jason Bonesteel on February 3, 2009 at 1:13pm
Very well put together, Amanda. Short, sweet and home to eat...this is so relavent in my business (I'm a recruiter).
Thanks for the positive message!
Comment by Michael Albert on February 3, 2009 at 11:43am
You could not have commented on a more timely topic. I don't even want to ready the LA Times anymore or watch CNN...failure is on steriods, seemingly everywhere in the media...and at coffee break conversations. Fear based failure.
And it does get me feeling down, unhappy and somehow sometimes I internalize it and then, lo and behold, I feel like I am failing...on the job, with my clients and my family and friends too. This concept of 'failure' is rampant, or at least fear of's just not seen, as you suggest, as challenge or opportunity. When things are tough and conflicted all over the place, well, that's when change and 'paradigm-busting' have their best chance to surface. But, honestly, it bugs the hell out of me that I just have to give up staying abreast of the my radar picks up on all the steady flow of negative messaging and I find myself copping out of my own challenges...and doing the worst thing (for me) possible. Staying safe and secure where I a self state of bonding with the town-cryers. I really do wish I could embrace those quotations all the of my favorites is an anonymous Japanese proverb: Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight. Thank you and Jim and Susan, et al, for getting me off the failure breast and back on track. Grazie.

Comment by James Kohn on February 3, 2009 at 10:49am
As usual, you've given a succinct overview of a very important concept, great job! I actually go so far as to teach staff to make mistakes, and why doing so is so critical to improving operations. Thank you for the post. - Jim Kohn,




Social Wine Club for Craft Wineries


Kids LiveWell atwitter over Twitter party

In its continuing effort to promote more nutritious and flavorful children's menu options, the NRA will hold a Twitter party  -More

Starbucks could become top on-premise wine seller in U.S.

Starbucks is planning to slowly expand its evening sales of wine, beer and small plates to thousands of selected stores throu -More

The evolving nature of snacks

Snacks have shifted from an after-school treat to a meal alternative as meal times become more fragmented.  -More


Posting a job or finding a job starts here at FohBoh. Call us about special $25 posting packages to syndicate across all major jobs boards.

National News

Wahlburgers Announces Expansion Plans Including Franchise Agreement in Philadelphia

Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. First Quarter 2014 Revenue Up 24.4%

Comparable restaurant sales increased 13.4% - Restaurant level operating margin was 25.9%, a decrease of 40 basis points

Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening of New St. Louis, MO Location

Jamba Juice Company announced the brand’s continued expansion in the St. Louis market with the opening of a Jamba Juice® store at 11477 Olive Blvd. on April 16, 2014.

Expert in Real Estate Analytics Joins Luna Grill

Luna Grill, the San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain, is welcoming retail real estate industry veteran Greg Thorburn to its leadership team. Thorburn has been brought on board to fill the newly created position of Vice-President of Real Estate.

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement for Kansas

Rita's Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly.


If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.


TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

© 2014   Created by FohBoh.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service