Sunday, October 22, 2006


Failure is the highway to success. Tom Watson Sr. said, "If you want to succeed, double your failure rate."

If you study history, you will find that all stories of success are also stories of great failures. But people don't see the failures. They only see one side of the picture and they say that person got lucky: "He must have been at the right place at the right time."

Let me share someone's life history with you. This was a man who failed in business at the age of 21 ; was defeated in a legislative race at age 22; failed again in business at age 24; overcame the death of his sweetheart at age 26; had a nervous breakdown at age 27; lost a congressional race at age 34; lost a senatorial race at age 45; failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 47; lost a senatorial race at age 49; and was elected president of the United States at age 52.

This man was Abraham Lincoln.

Would you call him a failure? He could have quit. But to Lincoln, defeat was a detour and not a dead end.

In 1913, Lee De Forest, inventor of the triodes tube, was charged by the district attorney for using fraudulent means to mislead the public into buying stocks of his company by claiming that he could transmit the human voice across the Atlantic. He was publicly humiliated. Can you imagine where we would be without his invention?

A New York Times editorial on December 10, 1903, questioned the wisdom of the Wright Brothers who were trying to invent a machine, heavier than air, that would fly. One week later, at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers took their famous flight.

Colonel Sanders, at age 65, with a beat-up car and a $100 check from Social Security, realized he had to do something. He remembered his mother's recipe and went out selling. How many doors did he have to knock on before he got his first order? It is estimated that he had knocked on more than a thousand doors before he got his first order. How many of us quit after three tries, ten tries, a hundred tries, and then we say we tried as hard as we could?

As a young cartoonist, Walt Disney faced many rejections from newspaper editors, who said he had no talent. One day a minister at a church hired him to draw some cartoons. Disney was working out of a small mouseĀ­ infested shed near the church. After seeing a small mouse, he was inspired. That was the start of Mickey Mouse.

Successful people don't do great things, they only do small things in a great way.

One day a partially deaf four year old kid came home with a note in his pocket from his teacher, "Your Tommy is too stupid to learn, get him out of the school." His mother read the note and answered, "My Tommy is not stupid to learn, I will teach him myself." And that Tommy grew up to be the great Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison had only three months of formal schooling and he was partially deaf.

Henry Ford forgot to put the reverse gear in the first car he made.

Do you consider these people failures? They succeeded in spite of problems, not in the absence of them. But to the outside world, it appears as though they just got lucky.

All success stories are stories of great failures. The only difference is that every time they failed, they bounced back. This is called failing forward, rather than backward. You learn and move forward. Learn from your failure and keep moving.

In 1914, Thomas Edison, at age 67, lost his factory, which was worth a few million dollars, to fire. It had very little insurance. No longer a young man, Edison watched his lifetime effort go up in smoke and said, "There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burnt up. Thank God we can start anew." In spite of disaster, three weeks later, he invented the phonograph. What an attitude!

Below are more examples of the failures of successful people:

1. Thomas Edison failed approximately 10,000 times while he was working on the light bulb.

2. Henry Ford was broke at the age of 40.

3. Lee Iacocca was fired by Henry Ford II at the age of 54.

4. Young Beethoven was told that he had no talent for music, but he gave some of the

best music to the world.


If you think you are beaten, you are.

If you think you dare not, you don't!

If you like to win, but think you can't,

It's almost a cinch you won't.

you think you'll lose, you're lost;

For out in the world we find

Success begins with a fellow's will;

It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,

You've got to think high to rise,

You've got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go

To the stronger and faster man,

But sooner or later the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can


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Blogger priyaranjan reddy said...

very great

9:20 PM  
Blogger scott belcastro said...


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Blogger vidhyadharan said...

Great... It Inspired me...

11:17 PM  
Blogger anubhav said...

Hi i was bit depressed cos of my results but cos of you got motivated again .thanks a ton .


2:51 PM  
Blogger aakash said...


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Blogger sunil said...

laharo se darkar nauka paar nahi hoti , kaushish karne walo ki haar nahi hoti, try and try again and again

4:01 AM  
Blogger nany said...

so great

8:34 PM  
Blogger nany said...

so great

8:35 PM  
Blogger nany said...

awesome ,very good

8:35 PM  
Blogger A day in the life of sravs said...

nice collection bro...

very great attitudes...really
attitude makes the man good or bad...and failure or success...

7:29 AM  
Blogger A day in the life of sravs said...

nice collection bro.....

really great attitudes they have..

really attitude makes the man good or bad,failure or success...

good one...:)

7:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

very nice. i think it vll help me

9:20 PM  
Blogger Dara Singh Vohra said...


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Blogger Narendra said...

thanks for the motivation ... i feel i m having the attitude of great winner...becoz " i think i can.."

10:00 PM  
Blogger Mohammad Faizan said...


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Blogger Mohammad Faizan said...


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Blogger Ankit Dave said...

Truly inspiration stories,real examples of how to turn failure in to success.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Conor Gador said...

someday you will write about me...

6:04 AM  
Blogger Conor Gador said...

someday you will write about me...

6:06 AM  
Blogger Bhuvanesh S. Kalal said...

I lost in my all examinations.
6th times CSIR, 4 time GATE, 4 time NCBS-TIFR, 5 time JNU, 3 time ICMR.

I lost each single exam since last 4 year. working hard but failed again and again.

Your article, motivate me.

History has the people who lost much more times than me. It doesn't mean fall back.. instate need to move forward.

Thank you,
BS Kalal

11:41 PM  
Blogger naveed khan said...

i really enjoyed your reading your blog. please, keep up the good work like this
best regards
Naveed Nabi

3:50 AM  
Blogger naveed khan said...

kindly, please do send me articles on failures. i really really enjoyed reading. it was a good piece of work.

3:51 AM  
Blogger naveed khan said...

if your interested to read my blog and share it with the rest of your friends, pls do so

3:53 AM  
Blogger Carol Shapiro said...

Great inspiration! I am putting a link to your site on Thanks!

4:42 AM  
Blogger Pranay Shende said...

1 no............

2:33 AM  
Blogger Sandeepkumar Kumar said...

Thankyou first of all.. For giving us such a Boostup. I was inspired by the Line given by APJ Kalam that.. "For achieving success don't study the Successfull stories but Read the Failure Stories". You did a Splendid Job actually. Thankyou Man. Devagudi.Sandeep Kumar.

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Blogger Sayyed Kaniz Fatima said...

That was really inspiring. Never t give up........ keep fighting, keep looking,
things will turn out in your favor soon

9:37 PM  
Blogger naveed khan said...

Thank you all for your lovely and motivating comments...

3:19 AM  
Blogger naveed khan said...

Thank you for you great comment. They say , " leave a great legacy before you leave this temporary world."

3:24 AM  
Blogger naveed khan said...

Thank u for your touching comments. my dream is to inspire the youngsters around the world. Soon I will come up with a motivational video. God bless you , sir.

3:26 AM  

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