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I get a real kick out of the FAIL Blog. Funny in a schadenfreude kind of way.
Then again I actually think failure is good and so do some other folks:
“”The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.”
— Thomas Watson, Founder of IBM
“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” — Miles Davis
“99 percent of success is built on failure.” — Charles Kettering
“I have not failed once. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.” — Thomas Edison
“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.” — Charles Kettering
“Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
— Robert F. Kennedy
“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” — Horace
“When we can begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to laugh at ourselves.” — Katherine Mansfield
“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
— Henry Ford
“No matter how well you perform, there’s always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it’s lousy.” — Sir Laurence Olivier
“If your life is free of failures, you’re not taking enough risks.”
— H. Jackson Brown
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” — Beverly Sills
“I failed my way to success.” — Thomas Edison
“Act as if it were impossible to fail.” — Dorothea Brande
“Failure is success if we learn from it.” — Malcolm Forbes
“You can only be as good as you dare to be bad.”
— John Barrymore
“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.” — Paramahansa Yogananda
“Failure doesn’t mean that you’re a failure … it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” — Robert Schuller
“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.”
— Napoleon Hill
“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”– Mary Pickford
“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” — Winston Churchill
“We are not retreating — we are advancing in another direction.”
— Douglas MacArthur
“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” — Thomas A. Edison
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius
“Stumbling is not falling.” — Portuguese Proverb”
Our field of libraries seems to fear failure and we study things to death – forgetting that death is not our desired goal!
I like the suggestion to call these active failure initiatives experiments, pilots, trials, etc. It seems that actively seeking to succeed requires a little stumbling sometimes.
Who wants to smell like Chanel No. 1? Or coat their hot dog in Heinz 52? What about those aliens in Area 50? You actually have to survive a 43 to get a 44!

Posted on: January 20, 2009, 10:58 am Category: Uncategorized

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