Article image

Quotes From 10 Entrepreneurs on the Importance of Failure

When Albert Einstein said, “I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right,” he was making a powerful statement about failure: It’s inevitable — but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Failure is one of the most powerful motivators we can encounter. It pushes us to do better (after we get over the initial sting of the loss, of course). It encourages us to keep trying. And in a lot of cases, it can show us just how close we are to success. The trick is to think of it in a positive light: Failure is an agent of growth, not of defeat.

Entrepreneurs and innovators around the world have been using failure as motivation for centuries. Whether it’s something as simple as realizing that a single setback isn’t going to ruin your progress, or something more complex, like using the details of the failure to grow a success, it’s almost always a benefit. These 10 quotes show that while everyone experiences failure at some point — and sometimes repeatedly — it doesn’t have to be a roadblock. Failure can actually be a force of positivity in our lives, even a necessary step in achieving our dreams.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Edison

Even if you fail at your ambitious thing, it’s very hard to fail completely.
Larry Page

Failure and invention are inseparable twins.
Jeff Bezos

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Michael Jordan

With engineering, I view this year's failure as next year's opportunity to try it again. Failures are not something to be avoided. You want to have them happen as quickly as you can so you can make progress rapidly.
Intel co-founder Gordon Moore

Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.
Motivational speaker and business coach Zig Ziglar

In my experience, each failure contains the seeds of your next success — if you are willing to learn from it.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen

There’s no such thing as failure. There are only results.
Motivational speaker and business coach Tony Robbins

In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
Mark Zuckerberg

If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
Elon Musk

Photo credit: katatonia82/ iStock

Author image
About the Author
Jennifer Billock
Jennifer is a writer, traveler, witch, and unapologetic Chicagoan. @jenniferbillock
Play more header background
Play more icon
Daily Question
What philosopher said, "The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person's good, wishes it for that person's own sake"?

More Inspiration

happiness theme icon

The blizzard doesn't last forever; it just seems so.

separator icon
Ray Bradbury
motivation theme icon

Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help.

separator icon
Jane Goodall
hope theme icon

The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.

separator icon
James Dean
love theme icon

I'm afraid I'm an incorrigible life-lover, life-wonderer, and adventurer.

separator icon
Edith Wharton
wisdom theme icon

Happiness is a simple, frugal heart.

separator icon
Nikos Kazantzakis
happiness theme icon

Love is really... a recognition of another person’s integrity and truth.

separator icon
Robert Graves
motivation theme icon

Make glorious, amazing mistakes.

separator icon
Neil Gaiman
hope theme icon

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

separator icon
Alice Walker
love theme icon

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

separator icon
wisdom theme icon

Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway of life itself.

separator icon
Daisaku Ikeda
happiness theme icon

Everybody who is honest is interesting.

separator icon
Stefan Sagmeister