Thursday, October 20, 2005

Risk-taking and Overcoming (Addendum)

Sorry, I couldn't resist posting another addendum. I was perusing one of the books I bought at the Library book sale and found some thoughts about risk-taking and overcoming to support my post on October 12 :

Samuel Smiles (1859) – We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do. He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.

Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (1874) – It is a common mistake to think that failure is the enemy of success. Failure is a teacher – a harsh one, but the best.

Charles F. Kettering (1876) – Learn how to fail intelligently.

Charles F. Kettering (1876) – Every great improvement has come after repeated failures Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.

So there.

1 comment:

Lyn said...

It's a huge job to teach an 8-year-old that failure is OK if you can learn from it and be motivated to try again. It's a hard life lesson, but an essential one!