“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill
Failure is inherent in all facets of life. But as Winston Churchill puts it, the courage to continue after failing that counts. Babies in their stages of growth, learns to sit, to crawl and to walk. They tried and failed severally, but the beautiful thing about them is that they don’t stop trying. People have failed in businesses, relationships, education and other areas. What makes you a champion is how you failed but never gave up.
In fact, failure is considered a stepping stone to success. Failure is celebrated by many entrepreneurs because they’ve learnt that our mistakes are our greatest sources of learning.
Here are lessons to learn from successful entrepreneurs who failed and learned from their failures as compiled by Marissa Levin and Kathrine Eion.
“Failure comes part and parcel with invention. It’s not optional. We understand that and believe in failing early and iterating until we get it right.” Jeff Bezoz Amazon Founder. Embrace Failure as A Side Effect of Innovation. The failures of Jeff Bezoz did not make him stop inventing. Never allow a single mistakes or even more to make you give up. See failure as a side effect of innovation. However, he has never let his failures stop him. Bezos in his letters to his shareholders wrote, “We will continue to learn from both our successes and our failures.”
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Tesla and space X Founder Elon Musk embodies the popular quote. He has also had a resume of epic failures” You May Fail, But Progress is Worth It.
“Don’t even border trying to avoid mistakes because you are going to make tons of mistakes” Mark Zuckerberg once advised. Run Towards Your Mistakes and Learn from Them.
According to him “learning quickly from whatever mistakes you make and not giving up… you bounce back and you learn. Nothing is impossible, you just have to keep running through the walls.”
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Accept failure, but keep trying.
In other words, failure is indeed a part of the journey toward success. Everyone fails at one time or another, the courage part comes in continuing to try.