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Failure Inspires Success & Courage

Posted By on February 9, 2010

Tell yourself, “I’ve got grit!” Then get out there and do it!

On the race track or in your own life’s journey,  if you keep pushing the envelope and take a chance it will open the door allowing your movement towards improvement. Step-by-step you will experience marked achievement and you will get there.

The other day I was in a discussion about how some people think there are others born for greatness and leadership.

I’m thinking maybe the difference is simply that some people are shown the way and also recognize the opportunities in front of them. Leaders are trained and nurtured, not born. They make their mistakes and have the courage to learn and keep moving on in a forward fashion.

Below is a real life example of a man who began life as a sickly child but courageously went on to live an incredible life. It’s a pretty powerful excerpt:


Roosevelt’s inspirational and courageous words from…

“The Man in the Arena”

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”


I hope you find something to share in this message and remember you’ve got grit. Keep stepping it up there!

Loving your comments and shared thoughts as always!

Enjoy your day :)


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28 Responses to “Failure Inspires Success & Courage”

  1. Great thoughts Robin. It really resonates with me because
    I’m predisposed to analytical paralysis. So your words here
    really remind me that it’s more important to jump into the deep
    of the pool, even if you can’t swim…

    That’s how you learn!

    Otherwise, you end up wading around in the shallows,
    comforted by the fact that’s there’s a lot more people
    there with you… but always wondering if you could
    be like the guy in the deep water, making REAL, if
    awkward… PROGRESS!

    Thanks again, Robin. I need words like these from
    time to time.
    .-= David Merrill´s last blog ..Combining Your Online Marketing with Your Personal Branding =-.

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      I also need words like this from time to time…. okay, a lot! I am so grateful that there are great examples to inspire us along the way.

  2. “There is no effort without error and shortcoming”

    That is SO true, and SO misunderstood.

    People can stare at someone who has “been through it” yet not ever see what type of person they rally are. Too many times the thought is poluted with “must be nice” when that really isnt the case at all.
    .-= Justin Glover´s last blog ..How To Make Money Online In As Little As 1 Hour From Right Now! =-.

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      “Must be nice” didn’t likely come along without them using their grit!
      Thanks for your thoughts Justin

  3. Ken Pickard says:

    I used to tell people I’m “Failing Forward.”

    This works well for those who are willing to fail first and that they know
    they will fail. it’s the learning experience that makes it all worth while.

    Ken Pickard
    The Network Dad
    .-= Ken Pickard´s last blog ..My Top 3 Social Sites =-.

  4. Jaden Daniels says:

    You know I believe so many times people don’t know how great they are because they would not take a chance in life. They let the fear of failing defeat them.
    I really believe that anyone can make it to greatness if they believe that they can.

    This is the kind of articles teenagers should be reading. I think they need to be encouraged to go after their dreams, and that it is okay if they fail.. Just learn from it and move on.

    Jaden Daniels
    .-= Jaden Daniels´s last blog ..Tribe Syndication Is The Buzz of 2010 =-.

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      Just like all famous athletes, they train-fail-train some more and become winners!
      Thanks for commenting Jaden

  5. Jennifer Hart says:

    What a great reminder that “failure” is just a sign that we are growing & learning to reach our potential! I really liked the video about the Honda co. When you see these very successful people saying how much they’ve failed, you know it’s just part of reaching for the stars! Thanks Robin

  6. Wow Robin! What an Inspirational Post! Mahalo (thank you) for writing about this and for positng that awesome video! Honda’s got some pretty cool commercials huh?

    I love the constant reference to Edison and the light bulb and how he never gave up, and thank goodness because everyone’s lives changed drastically after his discovery. Looking back, every very successful person has done this. You are so “right on” in your words.
    Thank you for this incredible post today, I am sharing it right now!

    Kellie :)
    .-= Kellie Hosaka´s last blog ..THE LAW OF ATTRACTION & QUANTUM PHYSICS =-.

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      So happy you know someone to share this with… Through sharing
      and acts of encouragement and kindness we may in a sense, light
      a candle in someones mind adding illumination to their journey.

  7. jean says:

    Hi Robin,
    I really loved the video it is so powerful,
    and it brings so much to mind about how many people do fail,
    I aways remember this saying,
    you must fail first to be able to succeed.
    so I remember this always,
    thanks Robin, I always love reading your posts.
    .-= jean´s last blog ..“Attraction Marketing” =-.

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      Thanks so much Jean! I am a fan of yours as well look forward to your article on Attraction Marketing, I am thrilled to see you stopping by again. You are wise to keep the positive thoughts that lead you to keep moving forward.

  8. Tasha Palmer says:

    Robin Lynn you are absolutely right! I always say, “If you strive to do better today than yesterday, than your life will always move forward”. You have to keep pushing and fight through the fear and the rejection. It is only temporary. I also believe that greatness is something that you achieve. The problem is many times we as humans sell ourselves short by telling ourselve we can do it. That is crap. It is time we believe in ourselves and what we are capable of…

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      You are right Tasha and even tiny increments
      moving forward added over time will show!

      Keep fighting the good fight!

  9. Excellent & Inspiring post! These reminders are so important for anyone who has yet to reap the success of their efforts. Keep going toward your dreams and goals, you will reap the reward.
    Thank you Robin :)

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      Yes indeed never give up to any little failure you may perceive… dust yourself off and use that grit!

  10. Lloyd Dobson says:

    Hi Robin,

    Great stuff and a powerful video.

    The margin for victory between Olympic Gold Medal and no medal at all is extremely small. Two of auto’s racing’s premier events are the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Each takes roughly three to three and a half hours to complete. In the last ten years of each race combined, the winner took the checkered flag by an average margin of 1.54 seconds and took home $1,278,813 in first prize money. The average prize for second place was $621,321 – a difference of $657,492. Was second place a failure? I don’t think so. Only an encouragement to do better next race.

    Have a fantastic day!

    Lloyd Dobson

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      Your word are great here Lioyd, and you have
      given much appreciated value to this page…

      I am thrilled by the contribution!
      Much Thanks

  11. Lloyd Dobson says:

    Hi Robin,

    Great post. The video was a reflection of winners and losers. Failures, in my opinion , can be divided into two classes. Those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

    Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Inches make a champion. To get what we’ve never had, we must do what we’ve never done.

    Have a fantastic day and to your success!

    Lloyd Dobson :)
    .-= Lloyd Dobson´s last blog ..Why You Should Have a Home-Based Business? =-.

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      Okay now you have yourself a FAN!

      I’ll be right over to read your article,
      “Why You Should Have A Home-Based Business?”

  12. Hey Robin,

    Inspirational words in your post! I’m reminded of a quote attributed to the great American Industrialist, Henry Ford, who said….

    “If You think You can, You’re Right! …If You think You can’t, You’re ALSO right!”

    All the Best,

    .-= Chris McCargar´s last undefined ..Response cached until Sun 21 @ 2:57 GMT (Refreshes in 23.71 Hours) =-.

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      Ah yes, I recall hearing that famous quote years ago.
      A very good friend used to recite it all the time with a
      giggle at the end.

      (BTW, today HE is very wealthy now… no wonder all the snickering- eh?)

      Cheers to you Chris!

  13. Hey Robin,

    I love the analogy you’ve illustrated about failure being the key to success.
    My favorite saying is learn to ‘fail fast’! Fear of failure seems to the single largest reason preventing people from even starting a project. Better to get out there now and fail fast and move on than to procrastinate and drag it out and take 10 years to fail.

    Thanks for everything you share here Robin!

    .-= Michaelé Harrington´s last blog ..How To Create A Raving Tribe Of Cheerleaders Begging To Syndicate YOUR Content =-.

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      I need to re-assure and feed myself with faith on a daily basis.
      It is most often the encouraging words of others that make a
      difference. Especially when we really take them in and make
      them our own… If we have enough patience with ourselves
      and use that grit we shall go far with our dreams :)

      Virtual ((hugs)) to you in the land of OZ!

  14. Brandy Price says:

    Robin – This is a great post! Too often entrepreneurs give up too soon b/c they “think” they have failed! What we must realize is that when we fail our success then has greater impact!
    .-= Brandy Price´s last blog ..7 Principles To Building An Unstoppable Brand =-.

    • Robin Lynn Brooks says:

      You are right! The proper mentality and the heart to go the distance are critical elements to success. There are bound to be some wonderful stumbles along the way to inspire!

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