Sep
05

If You’ve Never Failed, You’ve Never Lived

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Mistakes and Failures Happen

“The worst mistake you can make in life, is to be continually fearing that you will make one.”  This was one of the sayings in a little flip-book of quotes that I got from a teacher in junior high.  I can’t remember who said it, but I find myself repeatedly reminded of it.  It says volumes about the necessity of risk in life, and hints at the normalcy and usefulness of mistakes and failures.

Growth Through Error, Growth Through Risk

I’ve since come across many similar quotes, about mistakes and failures, that all carry the same core messages:  failure is part of life, it is a learning opportunity and a stepping stone.  We all must learn how to accept this reality, and learn from our failures.  We must see it as an integral part of the fabric of life, and when life knocks us down, we’ve got to get right back up.

Here are a few examples:

  • “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” – James Joyce
  • “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.” – Havelock Ellis
  • “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
  • “When life knocks you down, you have two choices – stay down or get up.”  – Tom Karuse

Some people have an idealistic view of those who have succeeded in life… as if they had never made mistakes or failed.  This video shows that failure does not have to be the end of the story.  Life goes on and success may be down the road after all.

Categories : Mental Health

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