Fear Of Failure Quotes

Fear Of Failure Quotes by Mia Hamm, Henry David Thoreau, Kevin Powers, Gerald Seymour, Zig Ziglar, Abraham Lincoln and many others.

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Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.
Mia Hamm
When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable.
Henry David Thoreau
One of the things my service in Iraq did give me was this freedom from fear of failure or any kind of expectations that I had to take a standard path.
Kevin Powers
The desire to succeed has a lot less compulsion than the fear of failure.
Gerald Seymour
Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure… it just means you haven’t succeeded yet. Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.
Zig Ziglar
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
Abraham Lincoln
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
Dorothea Brande
If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Perfectionism is not as much the desire for excellence, as it is the fear of failure couched in procrastination .
Dan Miller
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
I went to a motivational training course once, a course of self-discovery, and I found out after a week that my fear – it was not a fear of not being accepted – was a very violent fear of failure.
Emanuel Steward
Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you – whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Fear of failure falls away in the face of death.
Steve Jobs
I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.
Nikki Giovanni
Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.
Morihei Ueshiba
The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist. В The need to produce a great work of art makes it hard to produce any art at all. . . В Fear is what blocks an artist. В The fear of not being good enough. В The fear of not finishing. В The fear of failure and of success. В The fear of beginning at all.
Julia Cameron
We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure.
John W. Gardner
It is not failure itself that holds you back; it is the fear of failure that paralyzes you.
Brian Tracy
Artistic anorexia & sexual avoidance have the same root fears – fear of intimacy, fear of exposure, fear of failure”.
Julia Cameron
Whenever we’re afraid, it’s because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid.
Earl Nightingale
The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.
Elbert Hubbard
There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?
Michael Jordan
If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.
Steve Jobs
Negative thoughts are contagious and they get passed around like a disease. I inoculate myself against the fear of failure.
Bill Foster
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
One who fears failure limits his activities.
Henry Ford
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.
Eleanor Roosevelt
Fear of failure and criticism can be crippling. Don’t let others’ negativity take away your joy.
Lee Hammond
Fear of failure and fear of the unknown are always defeated by faith. Having faith in yourself, in the process of change, and in the new direction that change sets will reveal your own inner core of steel.
Georgette Mosbacher
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison
Procrastination is a common reaction to feeling overwhelmed or fear of failure. Instead of taking on too much at once and overwhelming yourself, break things down and take one small action step at a time.
Lauren Mackler
The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision.
John Major
Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.
Napoleon Hill
It’s scary to watch someone you love go into the center of himself and confront his fears, fear of failure, fear of death, fear of going insane. You have to fail a little, die a little, go insane a little, to come out the other side.
Eleanor Coppola
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
I can plunk out enough chords to write a song, but I’m completely afraid to play guitar in front of other people. It’s a fear of failure, I guess.
Mandy Moore
When thinking won’t cure fear, action will.
W. Clement Stone
Every entrepreneur deals with fears of failure. However, the truly successful know how to face these fears and keep on working.
Yogi Berra
Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
James Russell Lowell
The most ominous of fallacies – the belief that things can be kept static by inaction
Freya Stark
We’ve got to get rid of the fear of failure in this country. In America, people start things, fail and shake themselves down and start things again. The animal spirit of capitalism is stronger there.
Rupert Murdoch
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Steve Jobs
Do your thing. Do it unapologetically. Don’t be discouraged by criticism. You probably already know what they’re going to say. Pay no mind to the fear of failure. It’s far more valuable than success. Take ownership, take chances, and have fun. And no matter what, don’t ever stop doing your thing.
Asher Roth
If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.
Woody Allen
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.
Andre Gide
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
Ambrose Bierce
School is indeed a training for later life not because it teaches the 3 Rs (more or less), but because it instills the essential cultural nightmare fear of failure, envy of success, and absurdity.
Jules Henry
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Colin Powell
When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.
George Bernard Shaw
Sometimes people have to remind you to aim high. Most of us are afraid of aiming high for fear of failure and our biggest failure is that we aim too low.
Shai Agassi
As a younger player, you always kind of play with that fear of failure.
Jason Giambi
Fear sees, even when eyes are closed.
Wayne Gerard Trotman
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert
The two things that will defeat a lot of young actors are fear of failure and lack of preparation. With acting, I didn’t have a problem with either one – but somehow I didn’t equate either one of them to the academic world.
Tom Selleck
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell
I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.
John Keats
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent Van Gogh
I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
William Allen White
Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
Zig Ziglar
I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.
George Burns
His advice to me is basically to just love what you do and don’t let the fear of failure stop you.
Oliver Hudson
Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.
Newell Dwight Hillis
Fear of failure is a far worse condition than failure itself, because it kills off possibilities.
Michael Eisner
I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down.
Al Neuharth
Don’t let failure or disappointment cut you off from God or make you think that the future is hopeless. When God closes one door, He often opens another door – if we seek it.
Billy Graham
The only failure is not to try.
George Clooney
Do not let fear of failure overwhelms joy success
Robert Kiyosaki
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown
H. P. Lovecraft
American naturalist John Burroughs put it, “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
Jeff Olson
Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.
Robert H. Schuller
The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
Paramahansa Yogananda
When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.
Mary Kay Ash
Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.
Denis Waitley
The only people who never fail are those who never try
Ilka Chase
The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.
Sven-Goran Eriksson
I worry sometimes that humans are afraid of helping humans. There’s less risk associated with animals, less fear of failure, fear of getting to involved.
Marina Keegan
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
Marcus Aurelius
Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.
John Wooden
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.
Helen Keller
We are all failures – at least the best of us are.
James M. Barrie
The number one cause of failure in this country is the fear of failure.
Steve Harvey
I find writing very difficult. It’s hard and it hurts sometimes, and it’s scary because of the fear of failure and the very unpleasant feeling that you may have reached the limit of your abilities.
Tony Kushner
Frank Herbert
I don’t look at football as a violent, barbaric sport. It’s a very spiritual sport, especially for someone facing the challenges during a game: the fear of failure, the fear of getting too big an ego, of making a mistake and everybody criticizing you.
Troy Polamalu
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
C. S. Lewis
If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Fear of Failure becomes Fear of Success for those who Never Try Anything New.
Wayne Dyer
Underneath the stress is fear, and the biggest is our own personal fear of failure.
Tara Brach
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare
The great fear I’ve had to overcome is the fear of failure. It can be safer to stay in a comfort zone that’s not stretching yourself.
Carmen Ejogo
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.
Alexandre Dumas
At first I wasn’t sure that I had the talent, but I did know I had a fear of failure, and that fear compelled me to fight off anything that might abet it.
Gordon Parks
Play with no fear of failure.
Max Seibald
Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
Virgil Thomson
Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.
Lily Tomlin
Attitude, humor and action (persistence) will whip fears and rejection. Fear of failure doesn’t exist, if you believe it doesn’t.
Jeffrey Gitomer
Fear of failure is a ticket to mediocrity. If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not pushing yourself. And if you’re not pushing yourself, you’re coasting.
Eric Zorn
A minute’s success pays the failure of years.
Robert Browning
There are those who are so scrupulously afraid of doing wrong that they seldom venture to do anything.
Luc de Clapiers
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Henry Ford
We should never shy away from the challenges that face us out of fear of failure or an unwillingness to battle the odds. We should confront our problems head on and make no excuses.
Kyle Maynard
In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The antidote for fear of failure is not success but small doses of failure.
Mark Batterson
Cultivate your desire for success to be greater than the fear of failure; Failure is merely a pitstop between where you stand and success. Failure allows you to learn the fastest; Failure inspires winners and defeats losers.
Fran Tarkenton
If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’re not prepared to be original.
Ken Robinson
If there had been no fear of failure, neither would there be any joy in success.
Paul Tournier
The great fear I’ve had to overcome is the fear of failure. You have to be willing to be afraid, if you’re going to be an artist.
Carmen Ejogo
It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates
Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort.
John Wooden
In all forms of leadership, whether you are a coach, a CEO, or a parent, there are four words that, when said, can bring out the best in your team, your employees, and your family. I BELIEVE IN YOU. Those four words can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try.
Mike Krzyzewski
Successful people…focus on the rewards of success: learning from their mistakes and thinking about how they can improve themselves and their situations.
John C. Maxwell
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Truman Capote
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Thomas A. Edison
You cannot let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or a fear of judgment stop you from doing what’s going to make you great. You cannot succeed without this risk of failure. You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism and you cannot love without the risk of loss.
Charlie Day
Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who’ve never done anything because if you haven’t been successful, then you don’t know how it feels to lose it all.
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
Charlie Chaplin
Many psychotherapists believe laziness is usually just the symptom. That the real problem is fear of failure, fear of success, or fear of authority.
Marty Nemko
No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
Tony Robbins
Is your fear of failure greater than your desire to succeed?
Zig Ziglar
I have a fear of failure.
Joe Montana
Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
Bruce Lee
He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
Samuel Smiles
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Samuel Smiles
If you can’t embrace both failure or the possibility of failure, or the tremendous fear of failure, you can’t be wildly successful. It’s just an axiomatic truth.
Donny Deutsch
Amateurs built the Ark; Professionals built the Titanic.
Elizabeth May
Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.
Karl A. Menninger
Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. In the past, whenever I had fallen short in almost any undertaking, it was seldom because I had tried and failed. It was because I had let fear of failure stop me from trying at all.
Arthur Gordon Webster
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Wayne Gretzky
Men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
Lloyd Jones
I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.
Oprah Winfrey
Because (grandparents) are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.
Jimmy Carter
Know that it is good to work. Work with love, and think of liking it when you do it. It is easy and interesting. It is a privilege. There is nothing hard about it but your anxious vanity and fear of failure.
Brenda Ueland
I’ve never began any important venture for which I felt adequate prepared
Sheldon B. Kopp
Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.
Francis Chan
I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.
Kobe Bryant
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Eleanor Roosevelt
The fear of making a decision is the result of fearing to make a mistake – the truth is, the fear of mistakes has a greater impact on you than making the mistakes.
Bob Proctor
I wasn’t going to be one of those people who died wondering what if? I would keep putting my dreams to the test – even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure. This is the shadowland of hope, and anyone with a dream must learn to live there.
Alex Haley
I have a tendency to sabotage relationships; I have a tendency to sabotage everything. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of being afraid. Useless, good-for-nothing thoughts.
Michael Buble
When perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun and fear is that annoying backseat driver!
BrenГ© Brown
For many businesses, the fear behind their social media reluctance isn’t just fear of failure but of blame and accountability – both individual and collective.
Jay Baer
My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure. I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn’t want to let them down.
Jerry Rice
The difference between a confident person and an unconfident person is simply that the confident person acts on their ambitions and desires and doesn’t let fear of failure stop them.
Katty Kay
I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.
Emma Watson
When you get rid of your fear of failure, your tensions about succeeding… you can be yourself. Relaxed. You’ll no longer be driving with your brakes on.
Anthony de Mello
I must have no fear of failure. It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the Master Work.
Paulo Coelho
Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
Coco Chanel
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
John Dewey
It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the master work. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.
Paulo Coelho
Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is leaping.
Thomas Hood
A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
John Burroughs
The biggest enemies we have to overcome on the road to success are not a lack of ability and a lack of opportunity but fears of failure and rejection and the doubts that they trigger.
Brian Tracy
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Bill Cosby
Great achievers are driven, not so much by the pursuit of success, but by the fear of failure.
Larry Ellison
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt
Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
Napoleon Hill
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Napoleon Hill
I think it’s one of the main negative emotional ingredients that fuels show business, because there’s so much at stake and the fear of failure looms large.
Garry Shandling
I have a lack of fear, whereas in the past the fear of failure was a powerful motivator. Anyway, I have great expectations for the future, but I just don’t know if I’m the monarch of all I survey.
Sylvester Stallone
Have pity on those who are fearful of taking up a pen, or a paintbrush, or an instrument, or a tool because they are afraid that someone has already done so better than they could.
Paulo Coelho
“Failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Mary Pickford
The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
Mahatma Gandhi
I run great risk of failing. It may be that I shall encounter ruin where I look for reputation and a career of honor. The chances are perhaps more in favour of ruin than of success. But, whatever may be the chances, I shall go on as long as any means of carrying on the fight are at my disposal.
Anthony Trollope
Your wealth is hiding under the very thing you are afraid to do. It’s time to face your fears and take action. Expect Miracles.
Joe Vitale
Teachers’ using grades and the fear of failure mould the brains of the young until they have lost every ounce of imagination they might once have possessed.
Paul Feyerabend
God Is Great. If these three words together enshrine in our mind, heart and soul, then there is never worry, anxiety nor a fear of failure in our life.
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
Dale Carnegie
In moments of uncertainty, when you must chose between two paths, allowing yourself to be overcome by either the fear of failure or the dimly lit light of possibility, immerse yourself in the life you would be most proud to live.
Adam Braun
There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.
Tony Robbins
When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.
Ellen DeGeneres
Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.
Frederick W. Smith
Fear of failure is the reason most often cited to explain why so many aspiring writers never realize their dreams. But I think it’s that same fear of failure that absolutely invigorates those who do push through-that is, the fear of not being heard.
Betsy Lerner
Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn’t enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it.
Dan Millman
A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
B. F. Skinner
Don’t be afraid of failure, be afraid of not trying in the first place.
Marie Forleo
You can’t be held captive by the fear of failure or the fear of what people may say.
Kobe Bryant
Mutual commitment helps overcome the fear of failure—especially when people are part of a team sharing and achieving goals. It also sets the stage for open dialogue and honest conversation.
Mike Krzyzewski
You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.
Edwin Louis Cole
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself-and possibly teh bogey man.
Pat Paulsen
The truth is when you have a movie that was as successful as ‘Chronicle’ was, it’s not as quick of a process. There are a lot more voices coming in and saying ‘This is what the sequel should be’ because there’s a bigger expectation and a bigger fear of failure. And that’s really what’s going on with ‘Chronicle 2.’
Max Landis
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan
Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.
Mike Ditka
May we understand that fear of failure is worse than failure itself
Paulo Coelho
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.
Jillian Michaels
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker
John C. Maxwell
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby
Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.
Robert Kiyosaki
Over commitment in business is usually due to a lack of faith, which results in fear – specifically, the fear of failure. But if we really believe God is in control, then we also should believe He’s able to make us successful while we are keeping our lives in balance.
Larry Burkett
If you’re not failing, you’re not trying anything.
Woody Allen
Failure is delay, but not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.
William Arthur Ward
Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And the holy trinity of fear: the fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter.
Sheryl Sandberg
Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.
Nelson Rockefeller
The only way our faith will ever strengthen is for us to use it. We need to apply thought and prayer to our decisions and then trust God for the outcome. We need to set our sights on growing in faith, not shrinking back for fear of failure.
Lysa TerKeurst
What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
When there is fear of failure, there will be failure.
George S. Patton
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt