Thoughts on Failure from Henry Ford


Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again. ~Henry Ford


I love this quote from Henry Ford because it puts failure in perspective. Failure is not an indictment of your worthiness or capabilities.  It is not a judgment on your intelligence or competency.

Many people we celebrate as geniuses have failed at least once–some people have failed repeatedly before finding their stride.  People such as Einstein, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Steven Jobs, Brian Tracy, T. Harv Eker, Larry Winget, and many others.

Action Plan: If you’ve failed and are shaming yourself with it, STOP.  Take an objective look at the situation.  Take judgment, condemnation, and shame out of the mix.  Look at the facts and only the facts of the situation.

Turn the situation over and look at it from the sides, back, top, and bottom. Do you see where it’s weak and can you think of an idea to shore it up?  Do you see where there may be extraneous “stuff” that seemed like a good idea at the time but now you can see that they are unnecessary?

What can you do differently when you have another go at it?

I know you can do this–you do have what it takes!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



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