Friday, September 7, 2012


“Don't be afraid to fail, just make the choice to fail forward. Use it to learn, grow and become the you who you were meant to be.” –Jon Gordon
"The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top." -Dr. Joyce Brothers
“Failure to me is doing less than what you’re capable of doing. I’ve been on some great teams that didn’t win championships but got close, and didn’t maybe play up to their potential all the time.” – Tony Dungy
“Failure to me is really just a lack of preparation.” –Dan Gable
"An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats failures simply as practice shots." -Charles Kettering
"If you are afraid to fail, you will never do the things you are capable of doing. If you have thoroughly prepared and are ready to give it all you've got, there is no shame if you fail-nothing to fear in failure. But fear of failure is what often prevents one from taking action." –John Wooden
"I think my whole career, the thing that drove me to try to do things right, was the fear that I would fail, not only myself, but fail a player." –Sparky Anderson
“I think failure is essentially not being true to the gifts you’ve been given. In other words, if you have abilities and talents and you don’t use them or if you squander opportunities, to me that’s failure.” –Tom Osborne
"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even." - Muhammad Ali
“What I think is so special about our game is it is based on failure. The greatest hitters in our game fail seven out of 10 times. Because of this insecurity, because of the fact that its based on failure that lies around the corner, it also is what makes this so exciting as a player. Because of the anxiety and the euphoric feeling you feel when you set out to do something and you accomplish it.” –Al Leiter
"It's the coach's responsibility to profit from defeat. We've always tried to take a positive out of a loss. However, you don't want to get in a habit of losing all the time, so that's the only way of taking positives...I'm not afraid to fail, but I don't want to fail. It's a sense of motivation for me." –Mike Krzyzewski
“Failure is such a tough word because the only way you can ever learn how to win is to know what it feels like to lose. Failure is something that you have to put behind you in a hurry.” –Joe Torre
“There is no such thing as failure to the person who makes the effort to do the best they could do. It’s like character and reputation. You’re the only one that knows your character. Your reputation is what others perceive you to be. Character is far more important. For example, I think you can be successful and be outscored in a game. I think you can be unsuccessful when you outscore an opponent. You know, it’s sort of like my definition of success; it’s peace of mind, and without peace of mind, I don’t think we have much.” –John Wooden
“I think it was Churchill (and I may be getting two quotes confused), but he said ‘Failure is nothing more than the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.’ And the other one was ‘Success is born of going from one failure to the next.’” -Brian Billick
"What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better." -Wendell Phillips
“Failure is a word that is only truthful when someone’s willing to accept it. I just feel like there’s a way out no matter how far down and out you are. No matter what the perception of you is, no matter what’s happened in your life, until you just give up, there’s a way out. Failure can only be final if a person gives in to it, accepts it. You can alter your circumstances no matter how bad they seem to be.” -Bill Parcells
"It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible." -Henry Ward Beecher
"Failure is success if we learn from it." -Malcolm S. Forbes

"I think that motivation is greater if you've failed before. When it fails, or loses, I think you'll see a team respond -- the good, the championship teams will really respond the next night out."
–Dean Smith

"Opportunity...often it comes in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat." -Napoleon Hill
"Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again." -Henry Ford
"I think the fear of facing failure has to be there at all times. I think that is what generates your interest. This is what motivates you, is the fear of failing. Abraham Lincoln once said, 'Where there is fear, there is a great deal of courage.'" –Tommy Lasorda
“That’s why my advice has always been to “think positive” and find fuel in any failure. Sometimes failure actually just gets you closer to where you want to be.” –Michael Jordan
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius
"History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats." -B. C. Forbes
"Success...seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit." -Conrad Hilton
"I probably remember the defeats, the real bitters ones...they're as vivid as the great victories...there was a fear of failure for me. And I don't think you overcome that. I think if that's in you -- a fear of failure -- I think that motivates you. Even after won our third Super Bowl, the next year I was right back in the same mind-set." –Joe Gibbs
“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.” –William Saroyan
"The glory is in being knocked to your knees and then rising again." -Vince Lombardi
"Fall down 7 times...get up 8." -Chinese Proverb
“Committing errors is how we learn to be better. Failure is an integral part of success...What one person defines as failure, another sees as an opportunity to improve. Successful people look at failure as temporary. They don’t give up; they keep trying. In contrast, people who don’t use setbacks as opportunities to learn tend to look at failure as permanent and personal." –Joe Montana
“If you want to make significant progress in your life, don’t forget to find success on the far side of failure.” –Stephen Covey
“What I believe separates good teams and individuals from great ones is the manner in which they handle adversity.” -Mike Krzyzewski