Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Failure Is Not An Option

Failure Does Not Mean You're a Failure

Failure does not mean I’m a failure;
It does mean I have not yet succeeded.

Failure does not mean I have accomplished nothing;
It does mean I have learned something.

Failure does not mean I have been a fool;
It does mean I had enough faith to experiment.

Failure does not mean I have disgraced;
It does mean I have dared to try.

Failure does not mean I don’t have it;
It does mean I have something to do in a different way.

Failure does not mean I am inferior;
It does mean I am not perfect.

Failure does not mean I have wasted my life;
It does mean that I have an excuse to start over.

Failure does not mean that I should give up;
It does mean that I should try harder.

Failure does not mean that I will never make it;
It does mean that I need more practice.
~ Author Unknown 

 Failure today does not mean we can't succeed tomorrow!
Can you add anything to these?


Christine Danek said...

Okay, I'm framing this and sitting it next to my computer screen. We all need this as a reminder.

Laura Pauling said...

Failure doesn't mean I"m not moving forward with small successes.

Old Kitty said...

Gosh - I can't think of any more flip sides to failure! Loved these ones here!! So so true!! Just be as positive and focused as possible!! "Tomorrow is another day". Yay! Take care

Christina Lee said...

*sigh* I kinda needed this today! ((hugs))

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing this. I need to hear this almost everyday. I think it's so much more important to focus on the journey and learning and enjoying the experience rather than a possibly elusive goal like getting published. At least for me right now.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

This is so wonderful.

Failure does not mean I have been a fool;
It does mean I had enough faith to experiment.
-- especially this.

The Navy Seals have a saying, If you're not cheating, you're not trying hard enough.

I take "cheating" to mean "breaking the rules" and the only ones who have faith to experiment are the ones who have faith to do this too.

I always love your quotes!

Juju at Tales of said...

Great quotes!

Col Bury said...

Thanks for sharing this.

If at first you don't succeed...


Carolyn V said...

So true! When life closes a door it opens a window (or something like that, maybe a vent in the ceiling, I can't remember). ;)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Wow, is this ever wonderful and true. I, for one, need to be reminded of this periodically. I also loved what Old Kitty wrote: "Tomorrow is another day."

Heidi Willis said...

I hate the word failure because it feels so terminal. But I love this poem.

Last night I went to my daughter's sixth grade back to school night and her science teacher said, "I hope all the kids make mistakes. Mistakes are one of the best ways of learning." I like that attitude.

Nicki Elson said...

This is marvelous---and it seems to have covered it all. It means "I have dared to try." I love that.

Patti said...

What a great poem. I need to print it out and put it by my computer.

Heather said...

I love these, very inspiring! I would add, Failure does not mean I will give up; It means I will rise up stronger.

Angela Ackerman said...


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Lindz Pagel said...

I need this right now. Thank you :) said...

Nice words for writers, thanks Shannon. And what do you think of The Doctor's Lady? Have you finished yet? I loved it. Fantastic!

E.R. King said...

I was once told that failure take a lot of hard work. Since then, I very rarely feel I've failed. : )

Elana Johnson said...

I really like the one about learning something. That's sometimes hard to see, because it's all internal. Great post!

Lindsay said...

Love this! I want this in bold print next to my computer :)

ali cross said...

I LOVE this! Especially the "at least I tried" one. Thanks Shannon!

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Karen said...

Thanks for the reminder! Truely, failure only exists when we lose our perspective.

I just finished THE DOCTOR'S WIFE!! SUCH an excellent read! :)

Jen Chandler said...

I love these, Shannon! Thanks for sharing this :D

Failure doesn't mean it's over. It simply means that you have a new begining ahead of you, and you know what NOT to do this time :D


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