F is for Failure. 16 inspirational quotes to help you embrace failure (and achieve what you want from life). This post is part of our blog series, The A to Z of Being Babyproof, a celebration of the attitudes and behaviours it takes to balance career and family – because “babyproof” is not a destination, it’s a blueprint for having it all and making it work.


As we say good riddance to January, we can reflect on an arduous month. Not only is it the middle of winter and the post Christmas festivity slump, but many of us will have been embarking on challenging New Year Resolutions – trying to improve our health and fitness, break bad habits or enhance our careers and working lives.


So, spill the beans, how did you all do?


If everything is going to plan and you’re pleased with your achievements thus far – congratulations! Keep doing what you’re doing – you should be proud of yourself! If you’ve found the month challenging and feel you have already ‘failed’ in some of your ambitions, take heart. Our blog series this month  has been looking at the value of ‘failure’ and exploring how it is important to see mistakes and adversity as learning experiences on the road to ultimate success. So whatever you do, don’t give up! The more you fail, the more you will learn about yourself. Here are some of our favourite inspirational quotes to keep you motivated.


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“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill


“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy


“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”- Michael Jordan


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“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart


“My grandmother once told me, ‘Don`t let failure go to your heart and don`t let success go to your head.’” – Will Smith


“There’s a silly notion that failure’s not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” – Elon Musk


“If you are afraid to fail, your successes will be few, common, and unmemorable.” – Lorii Myers


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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill


“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


“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” –  C. S. Lewis


“A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul.”― Jillian Michaels


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So how did you get on with your New Year Resolutions? Share your successes (and failures!) with us in our Facebook and Linkedin groups.

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quotes embrace failureCaroline Flanagan is a Keynote Speaker, Babyproof Coach and Author of Babyproof Your Career, The Secret to Balancing Work and Family so you can Enjoy It All. Caroline believes passionately in the dream of having it all, and founded Babyproof Your Life to train and prepare ambitious career women for the marathon of working parenthood so they can find their own way to #enjoyitall and #makeitwork. You can reach Caroline at caroline@babyproofyourlife.com