Contemplating Failure

“You don’t go into anything contemplating failure,
because if you did, you wouldn’t make it.”
~ Simon Cowell,
Reality Television Judge, Producer, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
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If You Don’t, Then Who Will, Sweetie?

“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.
Keep trying, hold on and always, always, always believe in yourself,
because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer & Film Producer

Chased Off the Wrong Road

“Sometimes failure is merely chasing you
off the wrong road and onto the right one.”
~ Paul Tudor Jones, II,
Investor, Hedge Fund Manager, Philanthropist, Founder – Robin Hood Foundation,
& Founder – Tudor Investment Corporation

A Failure at Something Loved

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love, than a success at something I hate.”
~ George Burns,
Comedian, Actor, Singer, Writer,
Academy Award (1975), Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (3x)

Oppose Those Stifling Fears

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation.
I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure.
Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.”
~ Charles Stanley,
Founder & President – In Touch Ministries, Senior Pastor – First Baptist Church,
Theologian, Author & Photographer

Failure to Failure

“Success consists of going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

Facing My Part, My Fault

“I went through a long period of time in that marriage
when I didn’t believe anything was my fault.
I had to face what my part was,
and only because of that difficult work
was I able to trust a man again.”
~ Connie Sellecca,
Actress, Producer, Spokesperson, Activist & Model

Whatever Tomorrow Brings

“I teach my children that in life, there is no control of what tomorrow is going to bring.
There really isn’t. But in whatever it brings, we have choices, and
I’m glad because I made more right choices than wrong,
but in the wrong choices, there are lessons to be learned.”
~ Benjamin “BeBe” Winans,
Singer, Songwriter, Author, Producer,
Grammy Awards (2X) & Dove Award (2010)

The Seeds of Your Next Success

“In my experience, each failure contains the seeds
of your next success — if you are willing to learn from it.”
~ Paul Allen,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist. Co-Founder – Microsoft,
Founder:
Vulcan Inc., Allen Institute for Brain Science, Institute for Artificial Intelligence,
Institute for Cell Science, and Stratolaunch Systems.Contents

Mistakes: Learn From Them & Move Forward

“Like everyone else, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life.
The only way I know how to handle them is to learn from them and move forward.”
~ Alex Rodriguez,
Professional Baseball Shortstop/Third Baseman:
Seattle Mariners (1994–2000), Texas Rangers (2001–2003), New York Yankees (2004–2013, 2015–2016)
All-Star (14x: 1996–1998, 2000–2008, 2010, 2011), World Series Champion (2009), AL MVP (3X: 2003, 2005, 2007),
Gold Glove Award (2X: 2002, 2003), Silver Slugger Award (10X: 1996, 1998–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008),
AL Hank Aaron Award (2001–2003, 2007) & Grand Slams with 25.

Failing All the Time

“My mantra is: Realize you’re going to fail all the time, and accept it.
That doesn’t mean I’m not frightened of it.”
~ Mark Burnett,
Television & Film Executive Producer, Author, President – MGM Television and Digital Group,
Emmy Awards (12x), Producers Guild of America Awards (5x),
Critics’ Choice Television Awards (7x), People’s Choice Awards (6x)

Our Strengths & Our Weaknesses

“The biggest challenge we all face is to learn about ourselves
and to understand our strengths and weaknesses.
We need to utilize our strengths, but not so
much that we don’t work on our weaknesses.”
~ Mae Jemison,
Engineer, Physician & NASA Astronaut (1987-1993)

Make Not Terrorists & Racists

Make Not Terrorists & Racists, Benjamin Netanyahu Quote,
“Children should be taught to
love & respect,
not to
hate and kill.”
~ Benjamin Netanyahu,
Author & Prime Minister of Israel (9th & 13th)

Overcoming Tough Things

“I think everybody has tragedy in their life. Everybody has hurdles in their life.
Everybody has tough things to overcome.
My kids say to me, ‘This isn’t fair.’ I said, ‘Life isn’t fair.’
Everybody has their issues. It’s how you handle your issues that distinguishes you.”
~ Maria Owings Shriver,
Journalist, Author,
First Lady of California (November 2003-January 2011)
Peabody Award Winner, Emmy Awards Winner,
& Academy of Television Art & Sciences Award Winner

Do What We Can Do for Our Country

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do for your country.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Use Failure Like a Stepping Stone

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone.
Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes,
but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy,
or any of your time, or any of your space.”
~ Johnny Cash,
Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist, Actor & Author

The Lessons of ‘Failure’

“It’s fine to celebrate success,
yet it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder of Microsoft & Philanthropist

‘Failing’ in a Learning Posture

“We must expect to fail… yet fail in a learning posture,
determined not to repeat the mistakes,
and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process.”
~ Ted Engstrom,
Founding Architect of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability,
& (Former) Head of Youth for Christ & World Vision International

Learning to Take Responsibility

“Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility
for your successes and for your failures.
You can’t go blaming others or being jealous.
Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure
is a cancerous way to live.”
~ Kevin Bacon,
Actor, Musician, Hollywood Walk of Fame (2003), Founder – SixDegrees.org,
Independent Spirit Award (2004), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996, 2010),
Golden Globe (2010), Saturn Award (2013) & Philanthropist

Even Better the Next Day

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“I always wanted to be someone better
the next day than I was the day before.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

Love of What You Do

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice
and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
~ Pele
a.k.a Edson Arantes do Nascimento,
Footballer, Humanitarian, FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur (2013),
France Football’s Football Player of the Century (1999),
Player of the Century (1999), IOC Athlete of the Century (1999),
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1997)
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1994), Knight of the Order of Rio Branco (1967)
Commander of the Order of Rio Branco (1969) & Brasil Postage Stamp (1969),

Business at a Higher Level

“Successful business owners are constantly learning new ways
to make their businesses grow and operate at a higher level.
They are reading industry blogs, listening to podcasts,
attending conferences, and taking courses.”
~ Brandon Gaille,
Marketing Podcaster, Blogmaster – The Blog Millionaire

Reinventing the Self

“When things are bad, it’s the best time to reinvent yourself.”
~ George Lopez,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host, Imagen Vision Award (2003),
Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television (2003),
National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award,
& One of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time (2005)

Falling Apart, Falling Together

“I believe that everything happens for a reason.
… and sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer and Film Producer

Considered as An Expert

“A winner knows how much he still has to learn,
even when
he is considered an expert by others;
a loser wants to be considered an
expert by others
before he has learned enough to know
how little he knows.”
~ Sydney J. Harris,
Journalist, Author, Drama Critic, Teacher & Lecturer