Mickey Rooney said, “You always pass failure on the way to success”. This is an excellent thought to focus on at those times you might feel like beating yourself up over some misstep or some business decision that brought less than stellar results. No successful person or company got that way without some mistakes along the way. Even companies that have achieved great success have gone on to very public failures. Can you say New Coke?
So, give yourself a break, take a breath, and give it another try, keeping in mind what you tried that didn’t work so you don’t make the same misstep again.
Here are some more inspirational quotes to help keep you going when the going gets tough in your small business:
We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.
~ Arianna Huffington
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
~ Michael Jordan
My best successes came on the heels of failures.
~ Barbara Corcoran
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
~ Dale Carnegie
I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.
~ Oprah Winfrey
Failures are infinitely more instructive than successes.
~ George Clooney
Sometimes in life you don’t always feel like a winner, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a winner.
Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.
~ Mike Ditka
I’m not saying I’m great at failing, but if you’re…into the learning process, you accept that you’re going to suck at things.