Best 168 Quotes & Tweets on Failure

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Success is largely the failures you avoid. Health is the injuries you don't sustain. Wealth is the purchases you don't make. Happiness is the objects you don't desire. Peace of mind is the arguments you don't engage. Avoid the bad to protect the good.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

2

“Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth.” —Machiavelli Mistakes of ambition: -failing on a big goal -creating something nobody wants Mistakes of sloth: -not attempting a big goal -consuming instead of creating Mistakes of ambition teach. Mistakes of sloth comfort.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

3

Behind every successful entrepreneur is a former failed self.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

When failure is expensive, plan carefully. When failure is cheap, act quickly.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

When dreaming, imagine success. When preparing, imagine failure. When acting, imagine success.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

Remember what your failures taught you. Forget how your failures made you feel.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

Most failures are one-time costs. Most regrets are recurring costs. The pain of inaction stings longer than the pain of incorrect action.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

8

It continues to blow my mind that "it's just a few bad apples" is being used as an excuse to do nothing, when the proverb is literally "a few bad apples SPOILS THE BUNCH". The moral lesson is not about the existence of bad apples, but that failure to remove them SPOILS THE BUNCH.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

9

The secret to winning is learning how to lose. That is, learning to bounce back from failure and disappointment—undeterred—and continuing to steadily march toward your potential. Your response to failure determines your capacity for success.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

Reasons your product will fail: 1. Too complex 2. Can’t easily be described 3. Didn’t iterate fast enough 4. Bland 5. Failed to launch into a community 6. Doesn’t save time/money 7. Poor design 8. Does too much 9. Didn’t take a feature risk 10. Listened to wrong the customers

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

11

Start making small investments early in life: • Takes many failures to figure it out • Best investments have long feedback loops • Capital : labor ratio generally increases in life • Can improve all the way through old age

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

If you want to avoid mistakes, read about the experiences of others. If you want to create something original, reflect on your own experiences.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

13

Success is never due to one thing, but failure can be. Sleeping well won’t make you successful, but not sleeping enough will hold you back. Hard work is rarely enough without good strategy, but even the best strategy is useless without hard work. Necessary, but not sufficient.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

14

Pros are just amateurs who learned from their mistakes.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

How to prepare for bad luck: -spend less than you earn -build an emergency fund -get fit before you need to -be the friend you’ll need some day -ask “How could X go wrong?” and plan for failure -build confidence by conquering small challenges when life is easy

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

I meet a lot of people searching for something (career, relationship, etc). And yet, when it’s put in front of them, they won’t pursue it because they fear pain (getting hurt, failure, etc.). So they unconsciously (and expensively) trade self protection for misery.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

17

Successful people are just unsuccessful people who know how to recover from mistakes.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

18

Intellectuals are more likely to fail because they deliberate too much. Good judgment is wasted when it never turns into action. Trailblazers are more likely to fail because they deliberate too little. Effort is wasted by rushing into work before identifying what matters most.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

19

Stories of failure resonate more than stories of success. Few people reach the top, but everyone has failed—including those who eventually succeed. If you're teaching people how to succeed in a given field (or talking about your own success), start with how you failed.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

Your life changes when you realize that complaining only makes things worse

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

21

Work on something you’d be proud of even if it failed.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

22

Why is every startup a 10 year overnight success? 80% of new businesses fail in the first 5 years. Another 80% fail in the next 5 years. If you can last 10 years your business is in the top 4% of cos that are still kicking. If you start, be ready to commit for 10 years.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

23

A common path to failure is ignoring the fundamentals while searching for a better way to do things. A common path to success is ignoring things while searching for a better way to do the fundamentals.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

24

Trying and struggling looks like incompetence right up until the moment it looks like success.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

25

One of the foundations of learning is having the safety to fail. Without safety, you can’t afford failure. If you can’t afford failure, you can’t make mistakes. Without mistakes, you can’t get the feedback needed to iterate. Learning requires failure. Failure requires safety.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

26

On funerals, loss, grief, friendship, and support: It's not about knowing what to say. It's about being there when nobody knows what to say. The only thing people need to hear is, "You are not alone." And that doesn't require words. It just requires your presence.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

27

Failure is a part of life. The people who never fail are the people who fail to live. Pushing things forward and leaving your comfort zone means you're going to make mistakes. It means the world will kick your ass sometimes. When it happens, learn & go again. Relentless.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

28

Comparing yourself to others is a guaranteed prescription for misery.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

29

Don’t let the dogma of “failing fast” prevent you from succeeding slowly.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

30

How to make a really good painting: make a few hundred really bad paintings. How to write a really good article: write a few dozen really bad articles. How to succeed: fail a lot.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

31

Failing at things that matter is better than succeeding at things that don't.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

32

Have no single point of failure. Have no single path to success.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

33

The best way to reduce fear is action. Often we talk ourselves out of something because we're scared. We're scared of failing. We're scared of the unknown. The longer we delay, the greater the fear. The imperfect first step shows we suffer more in our mind than in reality.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

34

Learning is the meat of failure. Self-doubt is the bones. Keep eating. Spit out the bones.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

35

If you’re scared to start something because you might fail, here’s a reminder: you’re already failing.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

36

Planning for failure is a crucial part of success.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

37

Be thankful for your failures. They reveal the winning strategies.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

38

Insight doesn’t come from success or failure but rather from reflection.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

39

You automatically fail if you don’t try.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

40

The commonly cited 70% failure rate is only so high because founders and investors are trying to reach a certain scale in a certain amount of time. If you are willing to spend 10+ years to build a sustainable business that matters, your odds of success go way up.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

41

Just because you failed doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. We all fail. Mentally resilient people realize that its not failure that defines your identity but how you respond.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

42

Nothing will teach you how to do something faster than trying and failing.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

43

We hold onto our flaws because they are insurance for our failures. Every fear serves a purpose. When we cling to unhelpful beliefs and old fears, we can blame failure on them. Growth requires the courage to give our best effort and not blame our flaws as the cause of failure.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

44

When it comes to regrets, it’s the dreams we didn’t go after that haunt us — the business we didn’t start, the book we didn’t write, the love we let slip away. When pursuing your dreams you won’t remember the bruises and failures, only the person you become.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

45

Don’t be the critic. Be the person who tries. Who fails. Who stumbles. Who strives. Who comes up short. Who errs. Who devotes. Who at worst fails, and who at best tastes victory. The critic never knows defeat, nor victory.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

46

An important lesson I learned during my baseball career: I would rather be pitching when we lose than not be on the field. Blame me for the loss. That’s fine. But I want to be in the arena. I’d rather have that responsibility and fail than not be trusted at all.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

47

If you paint a hundred bad paintings and one really great one, people will only remember that one. If you write a post with just one really great sentence, people will only remember that one sentence. Failures fade, successes stick.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

48

The only way to succeed is to learn. The only way to learn is through experimentation. The only way to experiment is with failure. Fail to succeed!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

49

Change your definition of failure: This didn’t work ≠ failure. I didn’t try = failure.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

50

Branding requires accountability. To build a great personal brand (an eponymous one), you must take on the risk of being publicly wrong.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval