10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

From Elon Musk to Richard Branson, this is the best advice from the best in business

Start-ups are often hard-up. You invest your money, your time, your life into an idea and then watch, almost powerlessly, to see whether it sinks or swims. Sometimes, these small ideas soar, and bloom into billion pound industries – think Spotify, think Facebook, think Amazon.

But then, on the other side of the Bitcoin, there are the thousands and thousands of start-ups that don’t quite make it. The companies that just miss their stride, launch at the wrong time or build themselves on an untenable business model. It can feel like the end of the world when a business fails, but history is filled with entrepreneurs, politicians and innovators alike whose eventual success is predicated upon years of failure. So take heed, and take hope from these wise words…

Coco Chanel

10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

Thomas A. Edison

10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Elon Musk

10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

“There’s a silly notion that failure’s not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

Winston Churchill

10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Henry Ford

10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

Salvador Dali

10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

“Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

Bill Gates

10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

Ernest Hemingway

10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

“Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

Richard Branson

10 quotes on failure that every entrepreneur should read

“Failure is only the end if you decide to stop.”

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