How These Successful People View Failure
Think you’re not going to get where you’re going because of all your setbacks? Stop! Pretty much every successful person you’ve heard of has had a long list of failures that alone led to their success, not deterred it. Change your mindset on how to take failures from these successful people (taken from Fortune.com):
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important,” he said.
“I have not failed 10,000 times,” he said. “I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
“In the corporate world, when someone makes a mistake, everyone runs for cover,” he once said. “At Microsoft, I try to put an end to that kind of thinking. It’s fine to celebrate success, but it’s more important to heed the lessons of failure. How a company deals with mistakes suggests how well it will bring out the best ideas and talents of its people, and how effectively it will respond to change.”
“In my mind we would perform on Star Search, we would win, we would get a record deal… there was no way in the world that I would have ever imagined losing as a possibility,” she said, in her mini-documentary Self-Titled: Part 2. Imperfection...The reality is, sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose, you’re never too big to lose, you’re never too smart to lose, it happens. And it happens when it needs to happen. And you have to embrace those things.”
“I had two options. One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed,” she said, during her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 2014, at the age of 17. “The terrorists tried to stop us and attacked me and my friends who are here today, on our school bus in 2012, but neither their ideas nor their bullets could win.”