20 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Overcome the Fear of Failure

One of the biggest fears people have in their lives is failure.

Afraid they won’t succeed if they try something new.

Fear that they might never “make it” doing what they are passionate about.

Fear that keeps them from following their heart.

Life is too short to let fear make big decisions for you, so here’s 13 quotes to help you overcome your fears:

1. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” Johnny Cash

2. “Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.” Denis Waitley


4. “I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.” Nikki Giovanni

5.  “No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.” Napoleon Hill


7. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt

8. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” Elbert Hubbard


10. “A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.” Ambrose Bierce 

11. “Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.” Lily Tomlin


13. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius

14. “Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.” Virgil Thomson


16. “Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.” Mia Hamm

17. “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” Andre Gide


19. “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” Japanese Proverb

20. “If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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'20 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Overcome the Fear of Failure' have 7 comments


    March 8, 2018 Ben Loveday

    My favourites are Eleanor Roosevelt’s and Confucius’ sayings, because I know they lived by them. Very inspiring. Each had different definitions of success: Confucius’ success was living a moral life for example, quite distinct from the financial and material definition of today. We can learn a lot from these words passed down to us from before the time of Christ.



    March 8, 2018 Paul

    To fail is to be vulnerable. To be vulnerable is the opportunity to grow. To grow is to achieve.



    January 26, 2017 c

    …90% of the population is to ‘gutless’ to step outside their comfort zones…!!!


      Michael Yardney

      January 26, 2017 Michael Yardney

      That’s a very miserable attitude Chris – you get out of life what you put in and give to others



    December 17, 2015 Cameron

    Thanks for sharing, some very powerful messages there. I found the ones by Steve Jobs, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jordan and Virgil Thomson the most thought provoking



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