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9 Great Quotes (and Lessons) About Failure

9 Great Quotes (and Lessons) About Failure

When the going gets tough, it’s tough to keep going. Whether we’re just going through our everyday lives or we’re trying to accomplish something specific, failure and adversity often arise to make us question ourselves and the path that we’re on.

Sometimes the best choice is to re-evaluate and change our path, but other times the best choice is to simply push forward through the BS and prove all the naysayers, haters, and non-believers wrong.

And for those times that we do fail or come up short, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Failure is not the great enemy that it is sometimes made out to be, but instead a tool and a necessity in life.

Here are 15 quotes about failure that are worth remembering when things get hard.

1. Bounce Back and Correct Course

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“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.” – Stephen Richards

Failure is simply a fact of life, and the most successful people know and accept that it is something that is bound to happen. When we fail, it doesn’t mean that the game is over. It’s simply time to take a breather. Each time we fail, we simply need to accept it, correct course, and then continue on.

2. Set Your Goals High

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“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success” – James Cameron

Everyone has goals and everyone has failures, so why not add them into the plan? If you set an amazing goal and you only make it halfway to where you want to be, you’ll still have gone pretty far. If you accept that failure is inevitable, and plan for it, you’re bound to accomplish great things.

3. Find Out What Doesn’t Work

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

Although it’s hard to see it sometimes, every failure is a lesson, simply a sign that you’re on the right track. Nobody gets it right on the first try. See your failures as new information, use them as stepping stones, and then continue forward.

4. Nothing Is Permanent

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“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin

Failures only really stop us from moving forward when we let them. There are very few things that humans can’t overcome. Although our minds like to play tricks on us and make us believe that whatever situation we’re in is bound to stick, it’s simply not true. We all have the ability to change, to grow, and to overcome obstacles.

5. Be Persistent

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“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

Sometimes the best course of action is to simply keep pushing forward, even when you’re not seeing the fruits of you labor. Results don’t always come immediately, but sometimes after a long time of pushing blindly forward. Sometimes what it takes is a mixture of persistence and faith.

6. Focus On The Positive

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“Being happy doesn’t mean you’re perfect. It just means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections”  K.B. Indiana

Sometimes the best thing to do when facing problems is to simply look past them and get on with your day. Happiness comes by accepting the problems we have, continuing to walk forward after we stumble, and seeing the big picture.

7. Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others

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“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” -Unknown

Unfortunately, many of us constantly compare ourselves to others. It’s pretty pointless since our minds are always very selective about who we compare ourselves to. No matter who you are, you have things worse than some people and you have things better than other people. The better thing to do is to just compare yourself to yourself.

8. Failure Can Lead To Better Opportunities

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“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

The truth is, we can’t always see what’s on the horizon in our lives, and usually, we don’t. When we’ve failed at something or when things haven’t gone our way, it doesn’t automatically mean that it’s a bad thing. When one door closes, another door opens.

9. Recognize That Failure And Success Are Not Opposites

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“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Failure teaches us more than inaction ever will. The most successful people don’t succeed because of brilliance, talent, or skill. They succeed because they have failed and learned from their failures. They succeed not in spite of their failure, but because of it.


What else do you like to keep in mind about failure in life? Anything you would like to add?

Let me know in the comments below.

The Best Ways to Learn a New Language

The Best Ways to Learn a New Language

latin-man-300x225I was really terrible at Spanish in high school. My grades were pretty bad throughout the year and I thought that I would never be able to learn a new language. I had nightmares about “conjugating” verbs. My teacher even suggested that I avoid taking Spanish classes once I got to college. I just barely made it out alive…

Luckily, things have changed a lot since then. I’ve gained a lot more motivation, a lot more interest in other cultures, and I’m starting have a pretty decent understanding of Spanish. I’ve also started learning the basics of German and French, and am genuinely enjoying it.

If you’re like me and were pretty clueless in high school, don’t worry!

There are a lot of great ways out there to either start learning a new language or to refresh your existing knowledge, and most of them are actually pretty enjoyable.

Make It Into A Game Using Duolingo

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This is probably my favorite way to learn a new language and it’s also one of the most fun. Duolingo makes learning languages into a game and you “level up” as you learn more and more. The courses are broken up into manageable lessons in which you translate sentences, transcribe what you hear, and speak phrases into the microphone.

The ability to access Duolingo for free on iOS, Android, or on the web also makes it extremely easy to get started on. It’s a breeze to chip away at languages whenever you’re bored or have a few minutes of downtime.

Spice Up Your Commute With Pimsleur Audio Programs

car-in-commute-300x199Pimsleur audio programs have been around for quite a while and are a great way to learn a new language. In addition to software-based courses, some of the most popular offerings by the company are its audio programs. The audio programs come in a ton of different languages and are a great choice for people with long commutes. Why not be productive while sitting in traffic?

The audio courses guide you through spoken conversations while telling you how to respond and allowing you a chance to reply out loud. Because of that, it’s a great choice for anybody who actually needs to learn to speak a language, rather than just being able to read it or understand it.

Another great thing is that many local libraries have Pimsleur audio courses, so it’s pretty easy to just go grab one and get started for free.

Learn a New Language With Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone software is very similar to Duolingo but instead of relying on text to teach you new words it is a much more visual course. Rosetta Stone immerses you in your chosen language and teaches you through context and visual information. It’s very similar to the way children and infants learn to speak.

I’ve only experimented with Rosetta Stone during brief stints, but I actually like it a lot more than Duolingo. It can’t compete with the price of Duolingo however, as most of the courses cost around $200.

Watch Foreign Television

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Of course, one common way to learn a new language  is to immerse yourself in it by watching TV shows or movies. It’s amazing what you can understand and what words you can figure out just by seeing the context of the words and watching body language.

If you want to make the most out of this you might want to start with subtitles in your own language at first, then start watching with the native subtitles, and then take the subtitles off completely.

Also, I’ve heard of people learning completely from this method, but in my opinion this is probably serves better as a supplement to a more structured language course.

After reading this article on Fluentu.com I’ve started watching the Spanish version of a show called Extr@ on Youtube.  If you search for it on Google you can also find live television streams from around the world, like the one for the Mexican Travel Channel.

Visit a New Place

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You could also be really brave and go for TOTAL immersion. Simply visit a place where they speak the language you would like to learn, and go. Learn how to order food, ask for directions, and get to know the locals.

This method is definitely not easy, but many people pull this off. Many people travel through, or even move to new countries without the slightest knowledge of the language.

You can do a lot more than you may think with body language alone, but immersing yourself like this can really force you into understanding a new language in a pretty intense way.

You don’t necessarily have to leave the country to do this, though. You could also try going to a more diverse part of your own city and throwing yourself into a few conversations. If your city has a Chinatown or a section with a lot of Latino businesses, for example, maybe try taking a little mini-vacation and start practicing.

Take a Class

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You can also go the more traditional route by taking a class on the language of your choosing. If you’re currently in college or high school, you have plenty of options to learn a new language. But if you’re out of school, there are still some options.

Many colleges offer continuing education courses devoted to learning the basics of a new language. You can probably find other basic language classes offered in your community as well, if you search for them. There are also plenty of online courses to choose from.

Join a Foreign Language Club or Group

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Another great way to learn a new language, or to practice one, is to join a foreign language group in your area. If you’re in college you can look for a club focused on the language you would like to learn.

Otherwise, you can try Google and look for foreign language groups in your city. There are also many Meetup groups that meet specifically to practice language skills and are great for getting some practical experience.


So those are some of my best ideas for learning a new language or two. Of course, I think the best way of all is to do more than one of the above. Personally, I still have a lot to learn, but I’m trying to add more of these methods into my life so that the languages I’m learning will become second nature to me.

What do you think? Did I miss anything?

If so, feel free to leave me a comment down below.

Rejection: The Clear Sign That You’re Not Being Lazy

Rejection: The Clear Sign That You’re Not Being Lazy

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”

Elbert Hubbard

Rejection hurts.

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Whether it’s in dating, work, social situations, or any other part of life, this much is clear: nobody likes getting rejected. It bruises the ego, it makes you feel unworthy, and it just sucks.

Yet… I’m starting to realize that getting rejected is an essential part of an interesting and active life. It definitely hasn’t been easy for me, but over time I’ve started to think about rejection as a very good thing.

When Do You Get Rejected?

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Think about it. There are only a few select situations in life where we face rejection. We get rejected when:

  1. We’re taking chances
  2. We’re trying new things
  3. We’re pushing past our comfort zones
  4. There is opportunity for a reward
  5. We’re facing our fears

Rejection Means We’re Trying to Achieve Something.

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The possibility of a rejection only arises when there is a chance that we could fail. And where there’s a chance to fail, there’s also a chance at winning.

If you’re asking someone out on a date, they could reject you. But they could also say “Yes.”

If you’re asking your boss for a raise, they could reject you. Or they could also say “How much?”

Getting rejected means that we’re pushing ourselves forward, taking new chances, and trying new things. Because of that, when we get rejected, even if it’s BRUTAL, it’s just a sign that we’re on the right track.

How to Avoid Rejection Entirely

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But of course, if you really want to avoid rejection entirely… then all you have to do is this:

  1. Never take a chance
  2. Never try anything new
  3. Always stay inside of your comfort zone
  4. Be okay with getting fewer rewards in life
  5. Never face your fears

Sounds pretty boring, right?

Every time that you get rejected, something in your brain should click.

Try saying to yourself. “Oh, I got rejected! That must mean I’m pushing forward with my life, facing my fears, and taking chances! Good for me.”

Of course, that’s easier said than done. Rejection still hurts. Sometimes a lot.

But I truly think that we should start seeing rejection as an ally instead of any enemy. Rejection is simply a guidepost, a sign that we’re pushing ourselves forward, and attempting something.

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It’s definitely an ongoing process, but here are some ways that we can try to come to terms with this new philosophy on rejection.

  1. Think of rejection as a good thing. It’s simply a sign that you’re on your own personal path of freedom, happiness, and success.
  2. Don’t take rejections personally. It’s not always about you, and even if it is, you’re not doing yourself any favors by dwelling on it.
  3. Appreciate and thank yourself for taking a chance, and pushing through fear and trying to expand yourself
  4. Learn what you can from it

Do you have any other thoughts on how to deal with getting rejected? Do you have any personal experiences that have driven this point home for you?

Let me know in the comments below!

Stuck in the 9 to 5? Here Are 7 Methods for Leaving the Corporate Grind Behind

Stuck in the 9 to 5? Here Are 7 Methods for Leaving the Corporate Grind Behind

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Many people see the 9 to 5 “corporate lifestyle” as an inevitability (if you’re still in school) or a necessity (if you’re working already) but as I get older I’m constantly learning about new ways of living and looking for alternatives to the typical work week and corporate culture.

Many people work themselves to exhaustion for 40+ hours a week for 30 years, waiting for retirement to come, and only then do they allow themselves to go travel and do the things that they’ve always wanted to do. Much of this is just part of our culture, it’s just “how it is” and it’s what most of the people around us are doing.

But if you look a little deeper, you’ll see that there are people living in all sorts of ways and there are always other options and ways to live your life. Here are some ideas and methods I’ve discovered during my search:

1. FREELANCE: Be Your Own Boss By Working for Manyworking-at-home-with-dog-1024x683

One of the top alternatives to the 9 to 5 lifestyle is freelancing. It all depends on your own individual skill set, but as long as you can provide a service that people out there need, you’re set. Popular jobs include freelance writing, web design, coding, photography, and graphic design.

With freelancing however, not only do you have to have the skills, you also have to find the work. Finding clients sometimes takes more time and effort than actually doing the job itself.

But as long as you can find a way to keep the income steady, freelancing may be just what you’re looking for to create a more flexible schedule for yourself.

2. DIVIDE YOUR TIME: 6 Months On, 6 Months Off

There are many variations of this method, of course, but one way to escape the 9 to 5 tedium is to escape it, but only part of the year. This may work best with jobs like serving or bartending, but some people may be able to find more corporate-type jobs that will allow for this kind of flexibility.

With this method, you work hard for a certain amount of time (say 6 months), save up, and then live off the savings for a little while. Then the next year, you do it all over again. Some travelers do this. They work hard for 6 months out of the year, and then the next 6 months they’re traveling around Europe or Asia or some distant locale.

Depending on the jobs you’re able to acquire, where you live during your off time, and how frugal you can be, your mileage may vary.

3. ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Start Your Own Business

Starting your own business is another common way to escape the 9 to 5. There are more types of businesses out there than you think and a million ways to go depending on what you’re interested in. You may want to start a multi-million dollar company, a small dropshipping business, or you may just want to set up your own shop on ETSY.

Of course if the main reason you want to escape the 9 to 5 is because you’re working too many hours, you may be barking up the wrong tree. Being an entrepreneur can take up even more time than the 9 to 5, especially in the beginning. If, however, your main goal is simply to work for yourself and have a stronger self-sufficiency and more freedom, entrepreneurship may be just what you’re looking for.

4. HIPPIE STYLE: Join an Intentional Community or Eco-Village hippie-girl-on-beach-1024x684

If you’re more of a free-spirit, you may consider trying to find an “eco-village” or “intentional community” to join. This is when a group of people join together to run a communal space on an organic farm, or other location, share responsibilities and chores, and even grow their own food. Personally, some places I’ve heard of groups doing this is in the mountains of North Carolina, in Arizona, and in California.

Similarly, you can also find jobs working at organic farms, hostels, and other organizations in exchange for room and board.

Workaway, HelpX, and Wwoofing are just a few of the many ways you can find one of these opportunities.

5. MULTIPLE INCOME STREAMS: $500 + $500 + $500 + $500 Still Equals $2000, Right?

Some people would like to leave their 9 to 5 existence simply because of a severe lack of variety. One great thing to do is to develop multiple income streams. You don’t have to get your paycheck for the month all from one place. You can be a server twice a week, play in a band once a week, sell some crafts on ETSY every week, and top it all off with some freelance writing.

6. FRUGALITY: Want Less, Need Less, Work Less

One alternative to the 9 to 5 grind is to simply cut down on expenses and work part-time instead. Take a look at your expenses and your possessions, then determine what you really need and what really makes you happy. If it’s excessive, cut it out. In doing so, you may find that you can live very well just working part-time. Whether that’s bartending, running your own business, or working a part-time corporate job, you may find that you don’t need nearly as much as you think.

Personally, I don’t need a Ferrari, 5 different video game systems, and 7 different 52-inch TVs to be happy.

But then again, we’re all different.

7. EARN HERE, SPEND THERE: Work Remotely While Living Abroadpeople-working-in-coffee-shop

What’s amazing is that in this day and age, we can make money anywhere. If you’ve chosen option #1 and are doing the freelancing thing, why not take it a step further?

Working remotely over the Internet is a great option, depending on your skill set, and can truly enable to you to live a life of freedom, going where you want when you want, and making money while on the move.

This works particularly well if you earn your money in USD, or currency from another wealthy country. Many freelancers AKA “digital nomads” earn money in USD or GBP while living in in a more affordable country such as Thailand, India, or Mexico. Many of these locations around the world offer a life of luxury and all the modern conveniences you could want for a fraction of the cost of countries like the U.S.

Nomad List allows you to look for international cities based on their Internet functionality, safety, and affordability, and is just one of the ways you can find a location that will be a good fit for your remote freelancing lifestyle.

CONCLUSION

So there you have it, just a few of the methods to consider as an alternative to the 9 to 5. Of course there are more where that came from, so if you keep an open mind I think you’re sure to find out even more ways that could work perfectly for you.

Do you have any other ideas than what I’ve mentioned above? Are you already making use of some of these methods and have experiences you would like to tell me about?

If so, leave me a comment below.

I would love to hear from you.