Don’t Be a Quitter – Be a Failure Instead
What Is The Key To Success
We’re taught from an early age that success is everything! Win the game, ace the test and be the best at something and you will get grown-ups approval.
Then as we get older, succeeding becomes even more important.
- You got into a top college – Excellent!
- You won the contract – Great!
- You built a million dollar business – Well done!
You get the approval of family, friends, colleagues and peers. And you put it down to simply being a success and to all those ‘never give up‘ quotes you may have read.
But Nobody Tells You
There’s something that nobody tells you, and that is that;
- Failure is positive.
- Failure is not final.
- Failure is a learning experience
- Don’t Be a Quitter! – Be a Failure Instead…
Because before you (or anyone) can really win big you nearly always have to fail, fail often and sometimes you have to fail big.
“So what is the key to success? Yes that’s right – Failure!
I’m sure you have heard or read many “never give up quotes” before, (and I will get to some of those soon), but it’s not always so easy to come back from real failure.
You have probably also heard the expression, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” Well, sometimes when you ‘venture’, you don’t always ‘gain’. Many times you might lose, and sometimes you actually might lose everything.
I Know Because I Have
I can personally relate well to this, having made and then lost millions of dollars, several times, in fact. And believe me, when that happens, your self-esteem takes a hit and your confidence takes a nosedive and you ask yourself “Why am I such a failure in life” and those “never give up quotes” – well…!
It’s not fun and the next time you venture out (if at all) you tend be a little more cautious, you are inclined to hedge your bets and you don’t play quite as hard-out the next time round.
Why? Because of fear. It’s human nature to be a little scared after you have failed hard.
If you do fail again, – well, you can always tell yourself that you didn’t lose as big this time have because you played a little slower.
But that’s probably why you will fail again because you played with less passion and were fearful, so you just ended up failing again!
It’s a funny thing, but many people that fail a time or two, often will just give up and quit. Failure hurts too much. It’s humiliating, embarrassing and it sucks. So they make the decision to play it “safe” rather than venture out again into the harsh, cruel world.
Sadly, this means they don’t try to ‘play‘ anymore, they just sit in their cozy, comfort zone and never try again. To risk failure one more time, would be too mortifying and too crushing for their egos to bear. So they give up on their dreams and goals.
But It’s The Only Way
Yet here’s what those people who give up, don’t know: The ONLY way you can absolutely and permanently fail is to do just that – QUIT. Everything else is just a stepping stone along the road to success.
Too often, people want to know “what is the best online business to have?. They ask themselves “what can I do and not fail at?“… but that is not the right question.
“What you should ask is; what can I fail at and still succeed“.
Never Give Up!
Successful people know this and that’s why they can shake off the humiliation (as hard as that is) and try again and again because they know that the only true failure is the failure to try.
Yet, society looks down upon those who have failed, lost money, or have been bankrupted. Often calling them ‘losers’ or ‘dreamers’ and they are disparaged because they didn’t quit on their dreams or given up on their goals.
Whereas, it seems that the people who have never tried, and don’t want to try, or have quit early, are called stable, reliable and are seen as normal and respected members of society.
Yet, interestingly enough, the average millionaire…
- Goes bankrupt 3.5 times.
- Becomes a millionaire at age 54.
- Dabbles (perhaps fails) in 17 different ventures – before hitting it big.
What Does This Mean?
The average millionaire goes bankrupt at least once and what do they do? Do they quit? No, they try again and again. Failure for them is only a pothole, a temporary detour, never a journey ending roadblock.
If YOU have failed and are still breathing and you don’t want to quit. Then you can still succeed and succeed BIGGER than you ever imagined. Regardless of how many times you’ve failed in the past. Failure is not a destination, nor is it the end. It’s only a temporary pit stop along the highway to success.
It’s really about having a positive mindset and failing is a part of the success process. You need to keep failing until you succeed.
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Failure is actually a positive thing and is really only training for the main event. Just look at these ‘real life‘ examples of people succeeding – by first failing.
‘Never Give Up’ Quotes
Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Imagine how that could impact a child, hearing from the ‘professionals’ that you’re too stupid to learn.
Most kids would have quit and stopped trying, but not Edison as he went on to register over 1000 patents for things he invented. Inventions that changed the world.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
Chicken Soup For The Soul
You have probably heard of the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul” by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. What you may not know is that it got rejected 140 times by different publishers.
Even the most persistent of people would have quit after the 10th or 20th rejection, but not these guys they just kept sending out the manuscript until they found a publisher who took a chance.
Today, there are some 65 titles in the series, over 80 million copies printed in 37 languages and it has made them both millionaires many times over.
Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade as a child had a speech impediment (a stutter) and as an adult was beaten in almost every ‘public office’ he ran for.
Many would have marked him as a ‘failure’. But he never quit and at the age of 62, he became the Prime Minister of Great Britain (twice), leading the country to victory during WWII. He was also awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature and is of only a few people to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. Today he is recognized as one of best-known leaders of the 20th century and a source of many never give up quotes.
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
R.H. Macy, an American retailer who had a long and undistinguished history of failing businesses. Including his first ever Macy’s store in New York City, before finally building the biggest retail department store in the world.
In Japan, Soichiro Honda was passed over for an engineering job at Toyota. He could easily have quit because of failure to get a position at Toyota, in Japanese society, brought dishonor to himself and his family. But he didn’t let his failure stop him. Instead, he pursued an even ‘bigger dream‘ and went on to become an automaker and a Toyota competitor. Making motorcycles and cars that today bear the Honda name and an auto industry Billionaire in the process.
You’ve probably heard that Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” But did you also know he had several failed businesses before the premiere of Snow White or the creation of Disneyland
“The difference in winning and losing is most often…not quitting.” – Walt Disney
Albert Einstein’s teachers labeled him as “slow” and even “mentally handicapped.” What if Einstein had actually believed those teachers who made these proclamations? For one thing, he never would have won the Nobel Prize in physics.
Henry Ford‘s first auto company went broke. His second was abandoned because of a fight with his partners and he lost the third, due to declining sales and poor business.
Yet, he went on to become one of the richest and well-known people in the world by revolutionizing the transportation industry and is recognized today, as one of the greatest 20th Century entrepreneurs.
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
J.K. Rowling was unemployed and living on welfare while writing her first novel which was rejected by 12 different publishers before finally being picked up for a paltry advance of just 1500 pounds. Today the Harry Potter series has made her the first person ever to become a Billionaire, through writing.
Vera Wang failed to make the U.S. Olympic figure-skating team. She also got passed over for the editor-in-chief position at Vogue Magazine. Time to realize she was a failure, right?
Wrong. At age 40 she began designing wedding gowns and today she’s the premier designer in the business and is a self-made Billionaire.
Sam Walton’s his first full-time job was at J.C Penney’s where the personnel director told Sam,
“Walton, I’d fire you if you weren’t such a good salesman. Maybe you’re just not cut out for retail.”
That’s not all, Sam wasn’t good at accounting, he had poor organizational skills, he was hopelessly disorganized and didn’t even understand the terms of his first lease or how to buy a business. He borrowed money and went into debt and overpaid for a failed Ben Franklin store in Newport, Arkansas.
But He Didn’t Give Up
After 5 long years of grueling work and long hours, he had the most successful Ben Franklin store in the region. But because he didn’t understand the lease, the landlord booted him out and gave the store to his son to run.
Talk About A Failure…
About being thrown out of his first store, Sam said;
“I’ve never been one to dwell on reverses, every moment is a fresh beginning and an opportunity to take what you’ve learned, good and bad, and use it to your advantage“.– Sam Walton
There was nowhere else in town to locate another store. He may have been a failure, but Sam wasn’t a quitter, he drove across four states looking for a new location. He eventually found one in Bentonville, Arkansas and started all over again.
But one thing Sam Walton could do really well was to build a team of people who could handle things better than him and he wasn’t afraid to learn from others.
For example, when he realized the store across the street was doing better than his store, he spent time every day checking them out to learn what they were doing right and what he was doing wrong.
Don’t Give Up
Sam continually applied what he learned to his own store and then stores. Eventually building the Multi-Billion dollar Wal-Mart Retail Empire with over 11,000 stores in 27 countries, becoming the biggest private employer with over two million employees, and the largest retailer in the world.
You Need to Fail in Order to Succeed
For every failure-to-success example I’ve given here, there are literally hundreds of thousands of others, out there. The only thing stopping you from becoming the next failure-to-success story is YOU.
So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and get your failures out of the way so you can go on to becoming a success yourself. Don’t be afraid of failure, instead, be more afraid of never trying again.
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Trying something new will surely mean failing (at least once or twice – but that’s OK). Failure is a stepping stone along the road to great success. It’s not about how many times you fail it’s about whether you fail to try again.
I Have Failed Many Times
I myself, have failed many times, making and then losing millions of dollars. I have been humiliated, embarrassed, crushed and wiped out, oh yes! Fallen, shunned, snubbed, and ridiculed.
But, I have never given up on the dream of becoming a success.
I have lost beautiful houses, luxury cars, gorgeous wives, my businesses, tons of money, my credit and even friends – but never my mind.
I have failed big time. But more importantly I also failed to quit. Today I haven’t given up on my dream to make millions and my journey has taken many ‘steps’ along that path towards that goal.
The Past is Not Your Future
You cannot change the past and the past is not your future. Most people who have succeeded, have also failed more than most.
So, the lesson is, don’t be a quitter, be a failure instead and maybe someday your ‘story‘ will be featured right along with Einstein’s, Ford’s, Disney’s and all the other great people who refused to let a little thing like “failure” get in their way.
You can choose to start a new path, another journey, a new direction, everyday and anytime you wish. It just takes courage and commitment.
Only A Few
These examples, are only a few stories from the hundreds that I could have chosen to tell you about and of course there are also stories of people who have been successful from day one, but more often than not their success has not happen overnight, nor without some set backs along the way.
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Your content is good. I like your site. But I think there is a lot of negativity in there. if you are only telling people to fail then that is not appropriate. Because every time it is not necessary to fail. There are certain stories which have had success without having failure.
no doubt there is motivation after reading failure stories. But some people have a mindset on failing. And so they don’t try more. If you also give them success stories they will have an aim to set and that adds to the motivation on earning money or become successful
No offense brother.
These examples, are only a few stories from the hundreds that I could have chosen to tell my readers about and of course, there are also stories of people who have been successful from day one, but more often than not their success has not happened overnight nor without some setbacks along the way.
Thank you for your comments. 🙂
Love the article. Very inspiring and well written. I was thinking you left out Col Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken till a quick google search shows his story of starting KFC with his first Social Security check was a myth. I have to go — you have lots of other articles for me to read. Thanks again for the good article.
Hello, Cindy. Yes,
The examples I have used are only a few stories from the hundreds that I could have chosen to tell you about and of course, there are many other stories of people who have been successful. The main point was to show that more often than not their success has not happened overnight nor without some setbacks along the way.
Thanks for your comments. 🙂
What an article! I am blessed with this write up and I am energized to move on and keep working on my project.
I now know that people won’t move forward or take decision because of fear of failure. What I just decide now is to decide on issues and move on until I can’t move again!
Thank you for this great article.
Hello, John You are most welcome and please watch your inbox for the eBook that is coming your way as my thank you for leaving a comment. 🙂
What a sobering perspective to success! This is a very nice post. I grew up being told exactly what you are pointing out here.
Phrases like “success is everything!” or “You shouldn’t be beaten in that subject, why should you? Work harder!” I remember we even could receive punishment for lowering grades after exams instead of improving them.
Coming to know that failure is positive, that it’s not final, has take all too long. I’m currently doing lots of re-learning! Thanks for this encouragement- especially where you say you’ve made and then lost millions severally.
I know now that a prime key to success is failure and I’ll go on asking myself about what I can try to do that if I fail I can still try again and succeed in.
Hello, SmileAfresh. Than you for your comment. Yes, its important to remember that the past is not your future. Most people who have succeeded more than most, have also failed more than most. And failing is a part of the success process. You need to keep failing until you succeed. I hope you also enjoy the eBook that is coming your way 🙂
This post was one of the most fun posts I read about how some of the greatest minds of the past overcame failure and became big. Thoroughly motivational and enjoyable. I had no idea some of those great business minds were seemingly humiliated like that. Awesome. I have a twitter page that puts out facts, I may use some of these.
Hello, Gary. Happy to help out and thanks for your comments I hope you also enjoy the eBook that is coming your way 🙂
Nice website on Affiliate Marketing. I like that you shared your personal experience and have shown that you picked yourself up, dusted yourself off and tried, tried, tried again.
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To your continued success!
Hello, Anna Marie. Thank you for your comments and I am pleased you have enjoyed the post. I hope you also enjoy the eBook that is coming your way as my thank you to you for leaving a comment. 🙂
Great article! I completely agree with this mindset. I am young and I still have a lot to learn but my mindset is always to try until I succeed. I never knew these facts about millionaires and that just shows that they are not rich because of luck but because they fail and learn to become better.
Hello, Roland. Yes, exactly!
Because before you (or anyone) can really win big you nearly always have to fail, fail often and sometimes you have to fail big. The ONLY way you can absolutely and permanently fail is to do just that – QUIT. Everything else is just a stepping stone along the road to success.
Thank you for your comments 🙂
Hi Peter, awesome quotes and facts are here in the post. I feel that these will work to change thoughts to positive direction and if someone follow these rules will must get success.
I like and follow the fact of life that before seeing the success, most of us have to go through dips of unsuccessful until we hit a big success.
Hello Sangeeta Thank you for your comments and yes that is so true, failure is the precursor to success so it’s OK to fail so long as we don’t give up. To your success. 🙂
Your review is just amazing ! I am actually looking for a platform where i can learn about online marketing. The information is very helpful and motivating. Many people know that online business exists but unfortunately they quit very fast because it is not that easy as they thought.
I will be waiting for the new posts, Thx
Hello Tanya I am pleased you have enjoyed my posts and happy you are looking forward to reading more. Thank you for your comments 🙂
Very uplifting piece Peter.
I also have failed and found it very troubling to get back up and try again. Although I had fallen into the normal 9-5 routine. I really never quit thinking about all the success and how I enjoyed it so much. Everything from the way people spoke to me to the feeling of accomplishment I felt every minute of every day. I think it was just the confidence that gave me that feeling and as I try to climb back up that ladder, I do find it harder to take risks that before I would not have even blinked at.
Anyway reading your piece has really inspired me to step it up a little.
Thank You Sincerely,
Hey Mike I am pleased you enjoyed the post, unfortunately in life we are NOT told that failure is the precursor to success and what often happens after we experience failure, we give up because we are made to feel like a loser especially by those around us.
So it’s hard to get back on our feet but it can be done as soon as we realise that it’s OK to fail, so long as we don’t give up. Thank you for your comments and to you future success 🙂
Love those statistics about millionaires and the frequency with which they lose everything, how many ventures they started until finding the big one, and the average age at which they realize their millions. Now, I don’t feel so bad :). I’ve “dabbled” three times and just didn’t find the right fit for me, and I was starting to feel like a bit of a flake. No, I’m just failing forward fast to success! BTW, I have that video bookmarked on my browser. I listen to it in the mornings when I get up early so I can put in two hours on my business before I go to my day job.
Hello Alyssa Pleased you liked it and you got some value from the post and failing forward is the perfect attitude to have so you are definately on your way to success. Thank you for your comment. 🙂
I agree with you on this one Peter,
I used to be scared of failure but after running away for so long, I decided to take a leap of faith… and failed.
But I was glad because from there, I learned something that not many people know. Only after that I was able to grow my business.
In life, it is better to try than to regret not doing. These are the words I live by and it is something I hope many people would keep close to their hearts when deciding on a huge life commitment.
Hi Riaz Yes as did I Thank you for your comments and I pleased you found the post agreeable. Thanks for dropping bye 🙂
Wow, you have an incredible amount of superb material here on your site. Not just this post, which I love, but your entire site is full of important info that will help so many people.
I just wanted to say thanks for writing “Don’t Be a Quitter, Be a Failure Instead.” I know Walt Disney was once told he didn’t “have enough imagination.” Imagine if he would have quit! We would have no Disneyland. Also, I know that Clint Eastwood was told he didn’t have “the look” to be an actor, he eyes were too squinty or something like that. He is one of my favorite actors and I think an excellent one.
I bookmarked your site and will be visiting it often-thanks for sharing your knowledge and have an excellent weekend.
Thank you Jen. Yes there are many examples of people failing before every having any kind of success and too often we forget that and think that to fail is a bad thing. Yet in truth we need to fai in order to succeed. Pleased you enjoyed the post. Appreciate you leaving a comment. 🙂
Hi Peter. I said I would come back to read your post. Thanks for the content. I especially like your lines…
” So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and get your failures out of the way so you can go on to becoming a success yourself. Don’t be afraid of failure,” It suggests it IS equally important.
I once went to a seminar of a billionaire named Bill Bartman who gifted gold coins to the participants.
Along with his website etched into the coin, one side reads….never be awed by SUCCESS
and the flip side of the coin… never be daunted by FAILURE He told a story of carrying that coin in his pocket, so just the presence of it would be his reminder… to NEVER quit nor give up.
Hello Teresa. Yes I meet Bill Bartman (the unknown billionaire) a few times when I was doing the speaking thing in the US. He has some great motivational stories,is a good speaker with an interesting life story. Thank you so much for leaving a comment. 🙂
“Don’t be a quitter, be a failure instead” These words will stick with me for a very long time. Love it!
Hello Andria. Pleased you found something ‘memorable’ Go forward and fail often ha ha Thanks for your feedback 🙂
You know what I say, success is just a failed failure and you can not fail at failure by quitting. 🙂
ha ha yes good point Shawn thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. 🙂
Don’t forget Theodor Seuss Geisel in your story. A lot of people stop just before making anything if the work is too hard. The successful people keep going even if the work is hard and it does not look like the goal is getting closer. Don’t be a quitter because success is just around the next corner.
Thank you John, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss the writer of very clever childerns’ books. Yes so many people give up just before success knocks on the door, Thanks for your comment 🙂
really enjoyed your article very thought provoking and is inspiring, and I agree it is better to be the failure than a quitter, because we only truly fail when we stop trying
Hi Katie Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. Yes that is so true and too often do just that because its safer. Thanks for the comment 🙂
My family would sit at the table playing games especially during the winter weekends. My little brother would get upset. My Dad would say, “Don’t quit, because quitters never win!” “You cannot change the past, and the past is not your future!
Hello and thanks for the comment. Yes your Dad was right its not new wisdom but it good to be reminded of it sometimes. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment 🙂
I really enjoyed reading your post. I wish I would get done with all my failures so that I could succeed, at least once. Thanks for your encouraging words. I liked reading about the famous people who have failed, but then found their path. It’s possible, just have to keep trying. 🙂
Hello Judy, We can all be famous just by never quitting (that’s what made them famous) Thanks for your comment. Appreciate you reading the post. 🙂
G’day mate thank you,sometime’s you do have doubts but you are right keep going forward and you will be a winner thanks again
Hi Nelio Yes true you can only win if you lose first. ha ha Thanks for reading and leaving a comment 🙂
An excellent post and something to learn from for us all. Of course we cannot all be millionaires, but it is the best thing to never quit. Cheers, Jerry.
Thank you Jerry We are already living like millionaires compared to the people of say 100 years ago. But yes never quit thanks for the comment 🙂
Wow, what an inspirational article Peter! Failure is never the end of the road unless you quit that is!
Yes Dominic you are right ha ha thank you for your comment 🙂
Don’t quit as you don’t know just how close you are to winning. Great Job Peter!
Thank you Brian 🙂