The Greatest Barrier to Success

This image speaks to me about failure. Maybe it is because of those days when I loved to play Minesweeper - I remember getting blown up more times than not. Or maybe it is because I resonate with failing even when I have given my all and worked harder than I ever have. Sometimes failure is simply not a failing. Sometimes we have to fail, and fail hard, to re-imagine what success looks like. And sometimes we learn something. Here are a few folks who seemed to know something about failure.

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -Thomas Alva Edison

"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else." - John Burroughs

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than
a life spent in doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” - Colin Powell

"My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents
and I lay them both at his feet." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong." - Ben Franklin

"Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street." - Zig Ziglar

"The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure." - Sven Goran Eriksson


  1. Beatrix Potter said she could have wall papered a house with the rejection letters she got when she wrote Peter Rabbit.....Some would have called her a failure...instead...she never gave up and now Peter Rabbit is loved around the world by generations.

    We all fail....what do you do with it??? Good post Bob.

    1. Thanks Wanda. I found this great quote from Beatrix Potter:

      "Most people, after one success, are so cringingly afraid of doing less well that they rub all the edge off their subsequent work."

  2. That's great...hadn't heard that one. Thanks.


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