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The Fear of Failure and How to Overcome It

Entrepreneurs face the fear of failure in any stage of their startup venture – some experience this stressful feeling in the beginning of their business path, others face it after they spend some time working in the competitive entrepreneurial scene – but it doesn’t really matter when the fear comes, more important is how to deal with it. It can be difficult to keep up the hard work if you feel stressed and trapped by fear that you will fail and all the effort will stay unnoticed. So, here you can find some of the most powerful thoughts on the subject and many quotes from people who have managed to overcome the fear of failure.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” Denis Waitley

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” Jack Canfield

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” Ken Robinson

“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” Gena Showalter

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

“I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.” Neal Shusterman

“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” C.S. Lewis

“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

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

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

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.” Anonymous

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” Zig Ziglar

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” Elbert Hubbard

─ January 21, 2015