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..."


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Comment by susan holaday on February 3, 2009 at 8:46am
Thanks so much for posting the video - I loved it and it just epitomizes how I feel about what I do. Sometimes "failure" is only a word others use to describe something they just don't get.
Comment by Amanda Hite on February 3, 2009 at 7:36am
@Robert, right on!
@Mark thanks!!
Comment by Mark Hagan on February 3, 2009 at 7:18am
That is a great way to look at it, as long as you learn from your mistakes. This is one of the reason as to why Honda is such a great company.

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Comment by Robert Dominguez on February 3, 2009 at 7:11am
Great Stuff Amanda! I really like that video.

You can only call it Failure if you chose not to learn from it and you do not try again!

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