Objectively, failure is the condition of not meeting an intended goal. I dare say we have all failed at some point in our lives. Even a perfectionist who plans everything ahead of time, so things run smoothly does not have the power to actually make sure things go as planned. 

However, individually, I am certain we all have our definitions of failure. For me, it could be not maintaining my daily streak on Duolingo. Yours could be cooking a new recipe every week. 

Our goals vary and so do our failures. We have all heard the success stories of the most influential people we look up to. The phrase is “success stories” but the stories themselves are made up of different degrees of failure. 

Recently, I saw a quote by Elon Musk on someone’s Instagram story which stated that failure is not an option, and if you are not failing, it means you are not trying enough. I had mixed feelings when that sank in. I am sure you’d say I have failed several times but I see no millionaire attached to my name. This piece is just what you need to push you further. 

This article contains some quotes to help you understand success. I sincerely hope they will help you understand that life is a process and the fact that you have not arrived yet does not mean you will not arrive. If you don’t fail, you never even tried. Happy reading!

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Everyday Failure Quotes About Success

The only thing worse than starting something and failing…is not starting something.

Guilty as charged, I fall in this category. There have been a lot of things I wanted to do that I didn’t and upon reflection, now I see my reasons for not starting were not valid. I had time to sleep and watch movies but none to do what was needed. 

Don’t be like me. Start today, post a picture of what you want to sell even if you don’t have it, make that important call you’ve put off till this time. A year will pass by quickly without you noticing, leave a comment under this article and let me know how the journey has been.

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“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Recently, I asked my sister what’s up after school since she didn’t write the SATs, she said God will provide, He is not dead. I replied “of course, he is never going to die, but what are you going to die for? 

I am a Christian and I believe wholeheartedly that the Lord helps His people but I also know you won’t see the hand of the Lord in your affairs if you are not doing anything He could help with. Some things might happen by luck if that’s your belief but don’t expect to occupy Jeff Bezos’s position as the world’s richest if you are not doing anything to get there. 

Can you speak confidently in public, are you enriching your vocabulary daily?  Is your business plan ready?

“Success is not what you have but who you are” – Bo Bennet

Most often, we base our successes on what we have and the titles we have to our names. But will human beings say his title saved me from that gory road accident after you’re no more? 

You will definitely feel accomplished and pleased when you finally purchase that Bentley or you move ahead in your career, but it’s only fleeting. The car won’t talk to you when you need advice or a joke. 

Who are you? Wait hold up! I don’t mean the essays we used to write in elementary school. Introspectively, do you give genuinely? Are you happy when a friend gets a job through your recommendation, but you are still unemployed? Do you prefer a sunny day to a rainy day? 

The content should be heavier than the concept, who you are should be greater than what you have in your escrow account.

“Failure is a detour; not a dead-end street” – Zig Ziglar

You might have applied so many times into grad school or sponsorship for your business? You’re familiar with the response, now aren’t you? “We regret to inform you that…” I am sorry about all those rejections, but I’d be happier if you don’t think of yourself as a failure and try not one more time but till you get what you want and more. 

We ain’t stopping!! But first, if possible, go through your applications, respond with an email asking why you were not selected. You’d be surprised, you might get back a response. Change some things and push harder. 

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it’s more important to heed the lessons of failure” – Bill Gates

I am certain we’ve all heard the statement celebrate the little things, be content and make jolly when you achieve something you’ve so much yearned for. On the flip side, don’t feel discouraged when things don’t go as planned. I know I know; you’ve packed your best clothes already because you envisioned you were winning the competition, iron the clothes take yourself out, and plan your next move. 

“In the real world, very smart people fail, and mediocre people rise. Pat of what makes people fail or succeed are skills that have nothing to do with IQ. Also, the idea that intelligence can be gauged by an IQ test is erroneous” – Camille Paglia, American feminist, Academic and Social critic

Life has no rules. You live by your own standards. You want to be President of Singapore, you can be. We all sat in some spaces with people we considered as good and that we would hear of them soon enough. You’ve crossed paths recently, were your expectations met? Great if they were, but if they weren’t, you should understand that this path has so many curves and is never straight.

“I don’t dwell on success. Maybe that’s why I’m successful” – Calvin Klein

I feel this is the shortcoming of most people; myself included. We relish so much on the milestones we achieve or the boxes we tick on our to-do list that we forget momentarily that we have other successes to chalk. Calvin is saying he’s always on the move mode that he maintains being successful.

“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everyone else” – Sara Blakely, founder of SPANX 

The principal reason why you have not started is that you don’t know if it will work. Well, I don’t know either, but you have to start. What if it does not work out?  The experience will salvage the pain and you will be armed with the foreknowledge to start over.  

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“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” – Walt Disney

There is no other ‘right’ time than now. Put that idea into motion. We want to see the big idea that you’ve spoken about for so long. 

Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard” – Guy Kawasaki. Co-founder Alltop

Is this not true? I bet we can all relate to this to some degree. You might have gotten an idea to do something but thinking about how that idea will take form, you discarded the idea altogether. This quote doesn’t sugarcoat anything, it’s just giving us facts. You have to be prepared mentally and physically. 

Before you dive in head straight, be ready to cry and feel like giving up several times. These words don’t do justice to the intensity of the emotions you are likely to feel. Just know that nothing good ever comes easy.

“It is always the start that requires the greatest effort” – James Cash Penny, founder J.C Penney

You would start hitting 8 figures soon enough. Just put in the work. You are only starting that’s why it’s very difficult. Losing friends? Not sleeping enough? It is a process. You have to go the extra mile now so you can blow up without limitation soon. 

“If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock” – Claude Mc Donald

Success doesn’t require just hard work. There are a lot of factors involved. This simple analogy shows that if actually, hard work made one successful, everyone should have been rich. 

There are a lot of hardworking individuals who are still struggling to pay utility bills. Success includes hard work but goes beyond that, sacrifices, contacts, a sense of urgency, funding just to mention a few. 

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable” – John Green

Your alarm went off, grumbled but got up from bed. You are still alive, wonderful! Today is another day to be extraordinary. You are contemplating if you should actually start, weighing the pros and cons. 

Is it safe? Just do it! How are you ever going to know if it would work if you don’t start at all? Are you happy living like this? A monotonous life? I know that’s not what you want. You can achieve anything you put your mind to. Just go out there and be remarkable. 

I always say if I shy away from this what will I be doing with my time; how will I be a better person. Yes, death is inevitable, but am I going to sit here and think about death made me lose all that I will work for and not live my best life? No, I am not doing that. 

There is this thrill about waking up in the morning and looking forward to something even if it’s just your morning routine you know you have something to do which you love and will be of benefit to you.

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever met someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” Chris Hardwick

All these success stories we keep hearing are interesting because of the setbacks and obstacles the characters faced. But they didn’t accept failure, rather it was a building block. They stepped on it to get to the next level. You can relate to them because of what you are going through. 

Your failures give you the depth, the profoundness, that experience because you have been through all the processes and gotten the slammed door reaction several times. You know when to relax and when to push for something because you have experienced similar scenarios. 

“Failure is success in progress” – Albert Einstein

A different perspective, this helps sometimes when you don’t see something the way everyone does.   

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Failing at different points means you’re getting there; you are inching closer to the expected end. It’s just showing you what you did wrong and where you can make the changes. It’s just a stop so you can rewrite the story. You haven’t failed, keep persisting. 

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say NO to almost everything” – Warren Buffet

As you’re being told NO, simultaneously you’re equally dishing out the Nos because you won’t settle for less. You know what you are worth. You know the value of what you hold, you can see when it blows up, the impact it will bring globally. 

“I can’t give a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure; try to please everybody all the time.” – Herbert Bayford Swope 

In life, you will always attract naysayers and critics for the littlest things. Things that shouldn’t be able to hold anyone’s attention in the first place. 

Trying to please everybody will never work, you will always be despised and criticized for what you have no idea about. Just continue with what you are doing. Focus and make it better. Give them something grand to talk about. 

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

This is so important. Once you start something, you realize that you are so pumped, so full of energy to materialize your idea that you forget that there will be pitfalls. When the bumps keep appearing on the road, your energy starts moving into the negatives. Find something that will keep you hydrated with motivation. Don’t lose the energy. 

“Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali

Whenever I want to post on Instagram, I strive for perfection, the hashtags, the caption, the photo. In the end, I’m crippled by what people will think and say that I end up not posting at all. 

I have a friend who believes fiercely in what she thinks is right, she doesn’t care about the picture quality, started her business, knows next to nothing about social media management but she’s killing it. She’s doing really well. Perfection shouldn’t cause us to mark time, let’s get our heads into the game and be like my friend. 

“Celebrate your success. Find some humor in your failures.” – Sam Walton, founder of Walmart

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard this; don’t take yourself or life seriously. Well, if you haven’t, I’m telling you now. 

Have you ever had flashbacks of things you did as an early teenager or a kid that irks you now to the point of laughing and shaking your head whenever you think about them? 

Do the same with your failures. Don’t be too hard on yourself, laugh, and move on. Thinking about what went wrong won’t exactly make it right. Moreover, you’d just be creasing up your face. 


You don’t necessarily have to be a successful person to have said a quote. Some things you say on a daily basis could be considered as quotes. You can actually make your own quote and live by it. 

I believe the impact would be stronger since you coined it yourself. Being successful requires in itself is not a small feat. Preparation is needed so you will be able to maintain success and go through all the stages that come along with it. 

There are a lot of free resources on YouTube and the internet you can make use of. It helps to always be surrounded by what you envision or desire. If it’s successful, you can read books, watch biographies, and listen to stories about that role model. 

Basically, tickle your five senses so your body and mind think you have arrived. It creates this winning mindset which you would want to manifest. There is no easy way to success but there is still enough room for you at the top. Life is not always going to be easy but out of the failures, you would amass the experience for success.

Here are some takeaways for you.

  1. No situation is permanent. Life has so many phases.
  2. Time is limited.
  3. Give it all you got.
  4. Slow but steady wins the race
  5. Put your head in the game

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