Whether you're a scientist, engineer, artist, entrepreneur or innovator, sometimes things will not play out as well as you hoped. Sure, failure stings, but it is an inevitable part of success.
If you're frightened of failure or preparing to throw in the towel because you're struggling with your latest innovation, be inspired by the words of highly successful people whose failures spurred them on to do great things.
“I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan
“All my successes have been built on my failures.” Benjamin Disraeli
“Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.” Neil Gaiman
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein
“Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” Henry Ford
“Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make because they lead little by little to the truth.” Jules Verne
“You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it.” Tina Fey
“A hundred failures would not matter when one single success could change the destiny of the world.” Arthur C. Clarke
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Theodore Roosevelt
“Failure is an attitude, not an outcome.” Harvey MacKay
“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I built my life.” J.K. Rowling
“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” Thomas A. Edison