Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

WARNING! Failure Ahead!

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Sometimes I think everyone should be giving this advice and heed it … WARNING! Failure Ahead!

Why? Because anyone who ever does anything new, will experience failure at some level. You have to fail in order to learn what not to do and grow from the struggle.

I had a surprising epiphany regarding trying and failing a few weeks ago. My family and I were having dinner at a chain restaurant and they had electronic games for everyone to play while you wait for your food.

My son was playing a game where it matched up his responses with those of other people who had previously played. The question was as follows:

Would you rather try and fail or never try?

My son, who is 12, was so shocked by the statistics that popped up, he walked over and showed it to me.

69% of the respondents said they would rather never try, then try and fail.

Can you believe that?

Maybe that is why the pool of entrepreneurs is so small. People would rather swim along in their tiny, muddy puddle, than attempt to get to the fabulous crystal clear ocean beyond because they are afraid of failing.

Any entrepreneur will tell you there are many, many failures on the way to success. The only way to learn anything new is to be willing to fail. This is how you learn.

Instead of being afraid of failure, we should embrace it and learn from it.

You have nothing to fear from failure. Failure can be good, as long as you learn something from it.

You know what you should fear? Mediocrity. Fear not living the life of your dreams. Fear not knowing if your boss is going to be a bad mood and take it out on you. Fear not having job security.

There are many things in life to fear. Failure is not one of them.

Here are some famous quotes on Failure:

1. “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden

2. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

3. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

4. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

5. “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch

6. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson

7. “If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

8. “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

9. “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

10. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

So there you have it. Go for the life you dream of. If you fail, learn something and keep moving forward.

What have you got to lose?

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