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Dealing with Failure

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer
Alsatian Theologian, Organist, Writer, Humanitarian, Philosopher and Physician
Design is an agent of change, which can help us to make sense of what is happening and to turn it to our advantage.
Alice Rawsthorn
Design Critic and Author
If you can’t stand the heat, don’t tickle the dragon.
Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.
Greek Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Inventor, Astronomer
Nothing is easy. If you want to do nothing, that’s easy.
Author Unknown
It’s so much easier to do something new than to do something well.
Author Unknown
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Bill Gates
American Businessman, Microsoft Founder
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Bill Gates
American Businessman, Microsoft Founder
They say the secret of success is being at the right place at the right time, but since you never know when the right time is going to be, I figure the trick is to find the right place and just hang around.
Bill Watterson
American Cartoonist
God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason.
Bob Goldstein
CEO of Sonen Capital
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.
Buckminster Fuller
American Architect, Systems Theorist, Author, Designer, Investor and Futurist
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
Charles Darwin
The fact that others are bad does not imply that you are good.
Chinese Proverb
It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.
Chinese Philosopher
You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I will ruin you.
Cornelius Vanderbilt
American Business Magnate and Philanthropist
Make no little plans.
Daniel H. Burnham
American Architect and Urban Designer
Humility is the most underrated aspect of being an entrepreneur. Once your head gets too big, you’re cooked.
Danny Meyer
New York City Restaurateur and CEO
Being early and being wrong are sometimes not that different.
David ibnAle
Investment Banker
Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Dolly Parton
American Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Author
Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.
Don Corleone
If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.
Ecclesiastes 10:4
Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.
Edward H. Harriman
American Businessman
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Edward John Phelps, Esq.
Founder of American Bar Association
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss in enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
He that can’t endure the bad will not live to see the good.
Yiddish Proverb
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
Walter Bagehot
British Journalist, Businessman and Essayist
You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky
Professional Hockey Player
The past is never dead. It’s not even past.
William Faulkner
Author, “Requiem for a Nun”
If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
There’s only one boss: the customer. He can fire everybody from the chairman on down simply by spending his money elsewhere.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
If you presume, you are putting ‘P’ on your resume.
Stephen Colbert
American Comedian, Writer, Producer, Actor and TV Host
With Early Stage companies, it’s never one thing. It’s always one thing after another.
Tim Cartwright
CEO, Tamiami Angels
Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, and abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.
Henry Ford
Business Magnate, Founder of Ford Motor Company
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
Groucho Marx
American Comedian, Writer, Stage, Film, Radio and TV Star
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand
Novelist, Philosopher “Atlas Shrugged”
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!
Dwight D. Eisenhower
American Army General, Statesman and 34th U.S. President
I believe that smart people working hard will eventually get lucky.
Erwin Kelen
Veteran Minneapolis Investor
You want to learn from experience, but you want to learn from other people’s experience when you can.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
Partners don’t pay each other, they help each other get paid.
Tech Coast Angels
Entrepreneurship exists in the tiny space between madness and genius; and, its journey requires a few cross border violations across both madness and genius to get to the final destination.
The Herd Instinct
A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.
Vinod Khosla
Venture Capital Investor
We’re not trying to entertain the critics… I’ll take my chances with the public.
Walt Disney
Co-Founder, The Walt Disney Company
There is nothing so depressing as boundless optimism.
The Wizard of Oz
Wicked Witch of the West
In economics, things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then happen faster than you thought they could.
Rüdiger Dornbusch
German Economist
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
It’s nice to be nominated but it’s better to win.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Sex Therapist, Media Personality and Author
I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I don’t have a lot of regrets.
Ed Stack
CEO/Owner, Dick’s Sporting Goods
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.
Earl Wilson
In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning in indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
American Army General, Statesman and 34th U.S. President
Feed the strong, starve the weak. Lead with your strength and avoid protecting the weak – weak brands, weak products and weak people. Know your strengths and lead with them.
Durk Jager
American Businessman
Life is just one damned thing after another.
Elbert Hubbard
American Writer, Publisher, Artist and Philosopher
Small-minded people blame others. Average people blame themselves. The wise see all blame as foolishness.
Greek Stoic Philosopher
There is always a well-known solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.
H. L. Mencken
American Journalist, Essayist, Satirist, Cultural Critic and Scholar
I see the light when I feel the heat.
Everett Dirksen
U.S. Senator-Illinois (1959-1969)
Sleep on your big decisions and then be decisive.
Gene Lee
CEO, Darden Restaurant
By the time you get really good at this, you’ll be dead!
Erwin Kelen
Veteran Minneapolis Investor
When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight.
Jack Welch
Chairman/CEO, GE
We was doin’ good till we blowed up!
Harry Gant
NASCAR Driver #42 Skoal Bandit
The root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.
James Baldwin
American Novelist and Social Critic
A smooth sea never made for a skillful sailor.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd U.S. President
A leader’s job is to have all the questions. You have to be incredibly comfortable looking like the dumbest person in the room.
Jack Welch
Chairman/CEO, GE
The impossible missions are the only ones that succeed.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau
French Naval Officer, Explorer, Conservationist, Filmmaker, Innovator, Scientist, Author and Researcher