Powerful Quotes on Failures from Jobs, Gates, and Edison
It is not true that those who are globally well known and successful achieved their successes without any failure. In fact, they have owned the outcomes with indomitable spirits and positive thinking.
Here are the experiences of failure and positive quotes about overcoming adversity from five very well known individuals such as Bill Gates who experienced his first product did not work in the presentation, Steven Spielberg who was rejected from a famous film school three times, and Thomas Edison who was labelled a stupid boy by his teachers.
What these best-known people have in common is that they accept failure as not the end but a new starting point. They are not afraid of another failure, and they believe they can learn more if they fail again, which is the ultimate positive thinking mindset to have.
Bill Gates “More Important to Learn from Failure than To Celebrate Success”
“Traf-O-Data”, a device that Gates was going to show the world for the first time, did not work properly due to a tiny defect in the presentation, and the show ended in misery. In general, people become hesitant once they experienced a terrible start. However, Gates calmly analyzed himself and said “it’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure”.
Gates believes that “your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning”, and emphasizes we all need people who will give us feedback. “That’s how we improve.” He does not rest on his successes, always remembering to move forward. That would be the secret which made Microsoft the world’s top tech company.
“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good,” he once quipped, which has now become a famous and humorous quote.
Steve Jobs “Do What You Believe Is Great Work”
Jobs was humiliated when he was fired from Apple, a company launched by none other than himself, over a dispute about licensing.
According to Jobs, your work is going to fill a large part of your life. The only way to be truly satisfied is to do “what you believe is great work”. He believed “innovation is saying no to a thousand things”. That is why, he said, “I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done.” (The Muse)
Steven Spielberg “All Good Ideas Start out as Bad Ideas”
Due to “poor grades in high school”, Spielberg was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts three times. USC is famous for having produced many well-known film directors such as George Lucas, John Carpenter, and Robert Zemeckis. (CBS News)
Most people might give up as soon as they find out that something is not for them, but Spielberg continued to pursue his dream believing in his capability, and later produced many blockbusters back to back. He received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from USC in 1994, and was elected to the university’s board of trustees in 1996.
Spielberg explains that the reason why it may take so long to be successful is that “all good ideas start out as bad ideas”. He talked about the secrets of not feeling slipshod, and said; “I want to say that I’ve always been full of hope. I’ve never lost that.” He is also quoted for saying “Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that’s what I think keeps me hungry.” (a Goalcast article dated on May 23, 2016)
Thomas Edison “Our Greatest Weakness Lies in Giving up”
Edison is now one of the greatest inventors in history. Back in his school days, however, his teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything”. He was also fired from his first two jobs. It does not seem he had such a glorious start in his career. However, he was the man who accepted failure in a positive way, which soon led him to great success.
His tough challenging spirit is apparent in his quotes; “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”, “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t”, and “Our Greatest Weakness Lies in Giving up”.
That being said, you need not challenge recklessly. Edison had a set goal. He said, “I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.” To think clearly and do better, he said, “A person must arrange for regular periods of solitude when they can concentrate and indulge the imagination without distraction.”
Henry Ford “Failure Is Simply the Opportunity to Begin Again”
Even Ford, the founder of Ford Motor, an automobile company, experienced many bankruptcies in the past. For the Detroit Automobile Company he first started, he focused heavily on the mechanics and completely ignored the idea of marketing. Ford’s first product failed due to poor sales. Failure did not deter him from challenging himself again, and at the age of forty, with about $30,000 he started the Ford Motor Company. (from US Legal)
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again”, he said. Failure was not a reason for him to give up. Ford reminds us of the importance to search for solutions for problems, saying, “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” It is also important to continue improving as he said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”