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When It Looks Like I Have Failed

Failure does not mean I’m a failure;
It does mean I have not yet succeeded.

Failure does not mean I have accomplished nothing;
It does mean I have learned something.

Failure does not mean I have been a fool;
It does mean I have enough faith to experiment.

Failure does not mean I have been disgraced;
It does mean I dared to try.

Failure does not mean I don’t have it;
It does mean I have to do something in a different way.

Failure does not mean I am inferior;
It does mean I’m not perfect.

Failure does not mean I have wasted my time;
It does mean I have an excuse to start over.

Failure does not mean I should give up;
It does mean I should try harder.

Failure does not mean I’ll never make it;
It does mean I need more patience.

Failure does not mean [God has] abandoned me;
It does mean [God] must have a better idea.

–John Maxwell, from The Winning Attitude

Stoney G deGeyter

Stoney deGeyter is the author of The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!. He is the founder and CEO of Pole Position Marketing, a web presence optimization firm whose pit crew has been velocitizing websites since 1998. In his free time Stoney gets involved in community services and ministries with his “bride enjoy” and his children. Read Stoney’s full bio.

2 Responses to When It Looks Like I Have Failed

  1. Stoney G deGeyter
    Stoney deGeyter says:

    Yeah, there are tons of stories like that, and you can never hear them enough. Franklin was told to give up on playing with electricity, Ford told that the idea of a motor car was silly, etc. etc. Thanks for the comment Nathania!

  2. Nathania Johnson says:

    I wrote this on my personal blog over a year ago. Total motivation:

    In 1936, Thomas Geisel wrote his first children’s book. Forty-three publishers rejected his offering.

    It’s a good thing Dr. Seuss didn’t give up.

    As a result, millions of children have explored the places they’ll go, eating green eggs and ham, looking at cats in hats – otherwise known as literacy.

    This isn’t a long entry. Just a reminder. Don’t give up on the things you know you’re meant to do.