Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Quotes- Failure leads to Success

It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood. Who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
-Theodore Roosevelt

It's easy to criticize it takes 2 minutes and no risk. Many people find it easier to go about finding the fault in the pursuits of others because it hides their inaction. If you are failing then I'm better is their logic. Failing sucks. We've all done it and those that are successful have done it countless times.

Steve Jobs was fired from Apple and invested most of his money in a company called Pixar; he believed that graphic rendering computers had a market. They didn't. The company cost Jobs over 55 million in it's first six years; more than most people make in a lifetime. Many journalists and industry experts called Jobs a wash out. Disney decided to collaborate on a small film with the floundering company hoping to break even with the revenue. The film was Toy Story. It became one of the highest grossing pictures of all time. Fast forward to today and Pixar is the most successful film company in history.

In his book Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh recalls losing a small fortune keeping the Company afloat. It just wasn't working; he lost everything. Then sales started trickling in. A revolutionary customer service department was generated. Shoes were shipped same day and people were amazed. Now Zappo's is one of the largest online retailers in the world. Great successes are more the result of great persistence through great failures than great ideas.

Success if often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
- Coco Chanel

When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.
-George Bernard Shaw

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