17 Funny Quotes Explaining Success and Failure

Or how to gain wisdom while having a laugh

People climbing stairs
People climbing stairs
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1 — “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

I find it useful to read some inspiring quotes. It allows me to overcome my struggles temporarily and to get back in track towards my goals.

Anybody can be Somebody

2— “A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.“ — Henry Kissinger

3 — “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” — Dalai Lama

I’m sure that successful people didn’t know when growing up, that they would end up where they’re at in their life today. They had doubts, they failed, and they thought about giving up; surely more than once. They also didn’t believe that one day, they would have success in their life and career — the same as any of us. But they persevered and kept on pushing.

Fear of failure

4 — “Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha.” — Robert Brault

5 — “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” — Benjamin Franklin

6 — “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.“ — Truman Capote

Failure can be the main reason why we want to give up. It affects us in a way victory doesn’t. At every trial, we think that this is it, it’s going to work, but a big fiasco often follows it. And the more it happens, the more we want to quit.

Standing firm and true to oneself

7— “When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.” — Cathy Guisewite

8— “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever you were gonna do anyway.“ — Robert Downey Jr.

People can be a massive pain in the ass. I have stopped counting the number of times someone has tried to prevent me from doing what I had planned. Critics, comments, mockeries, and my personal favourite: warnings of inevitable failure.

Who you hang out with defines your future

9 — “If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.” — Steve Maraboli

At my previous jobs, I was surrounded by close-minded and unambitious people. During the time I worked with them, I was the most unproductive I had ever been. I got lazy and didn’t reach any of the goals I had set for myself. They were dragging me down with them. People are not to be blamed for my failures, but their unintentional influence didn’t help. This is why smart people surround themselves with others that are as smart or even smarter than them.

Honourable mentions

Graphic Designer, bartender wanna be and new writer from Belgium — One word at a time.

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