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Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

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Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.
You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember.

You fell down the first time you tried to walk.

You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn’t you?

Did you hit the ball the first time you swung the bat?

Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.

R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.

English Novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.

Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.

Don’t worry about failure.

Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.

My grandmother sent me a copy of this poem 20 years ago, and I had it hanging in my room for years. I recently shared copies with a class I’m teaching and thought it was worth posting here. I hope you enjoyed it.

Don’t be afraid to fail.

This poem, Don’t be Afraid to Fail, was published in the Wall Street Journal as part of an advertisement from United Technologies Corporation.

If you liked this post, you’ll also enjoy the story of Jack Andraka, who as a 15-year-old created a pancreatic cancer test that is 100 times more sensitive and 26,000 times less expensive than current tests. He received 199 rejections before a lab finally allowed him to use their space to develop his test.

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29 Comments

  1. […] Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, failures often lead to success. Take inspiration from both the famous failures and the lesser known failures below. All of these failures were followed by perseverance and enormous successes. […]

  2. […] hear that something can’t be done or someone asks you to help out with his project. Or, if you receive numerous rejections (close to 200 in Jack Andraka’s case) or you’re simply hesitating to give one of your ideas a […]

  3. […] Encourage someone to pursue her dreams. And, help her achieve her goals. If failure has her down, use these 23 famous failures that resulted in success as inspiration or this poem – Don’t be Afraid to Fail. […]

  4. […] the most essential parts of life. Just think about it, failure is what gives success its worth so never be afraid of failure. If everyone was capable of doing anything on a first try, there wouldn’t even exist need for the […]

  5. […] started and don’t give up. Briana Jackson (age 17), CEO of A Taste of Life, said that people will say you can’t succeed and […]

  6. AYUSH says:

    Good lines. Thanks for sharing

  7. […] Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, failures often lead to success. Take inspiration from both the famous failures and the lesser known failures below. All of these failures were followed by perseverance and enormous successes. […]

  8. […] Stephen and his business partners (Miranda Keeler, Aaron Seidman, Deepak Iyer and Kate Evanko) decided to do more than just ask the question. The teen entrepreneurs researched the problem and developed a product that they are piloting in a Virginia hospital. (By the way, they had to iterate many times to get their prototype to work – good thing they weren’t afraid to fail.) […]

  9. […] I’ll be the first to admit when it comes to my personal performance, I completely despise failure of any magnitude. But I’m learning more and more about how important it is to celebrate our mistakes and missteps rather living in the fear of failure. […]

  10. […] I’ll be the first to admit when it comes to my personal performance, I completely despise failure of any magnitude. But I’m learning more and more about how important it is to celebrate our mistakes and missteps rather living in the fear of failure. […]

  11. […] worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. Here is a nice poem about failure, you can see that no one has ever succeeded without failing first. Failure is essential for […]

  12. […] was cut from his high school basketball team. Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school. It’s ok to fail and have challenges. Your failures are your best opportunities to learn. Hopefully, you can see […]

  13. […] you hear that something can’t be done or someone asks you to help out with his project. Or, if you receive numerous rejections (close to 200 in Jack Andraka’s case) or you’re simply hesitating to give one of your ideas a […]

  14. Kate R says:

    Kathy and Brad,
    So excited to see your post! I, too, am familiar with the Do Not Quit poem, and I have been trying to relocate it for years now. It got me through my college years! I do not know how old your note is; however, I am unable to access the buffalo link… it is no longer active. Could you provide a working link? I would greatly appreciate it! Regards, Kate R

  15. Jamey Worrell says:

    I have this poem framed in my office. It is old and discolored, pulled from my grandfather’s workshop where it hung for years. The “experts” told him he would be disabled for life after a tragic head trauma, but he ultimately taught himself to walk again and how to be a jeweler in his 60s…it’s hanging in my office now as a reminder to never give up!

  16. […] next time you hear that something can’t be done, someone asks you to help out with his project, you receive numerous rejections (close to 200 in Jack Andraka’s case) or you’re hesitating to give one of your ideas a shot. […]

  17. Here’s a comment I received from a blog reader. I enjoyed the speech he referenced and thought other readers might as well:

    Saw your LinkedIn note about not being afraid to fail. I live my life inspired by Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the arena” which is all about your point. If you haven’t read it, you may enjoy it as well. http://www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trsorbonnespeech.html

  18. Brad, so enjoyed this poem. I’m 65 and about 45 years ago, the WSJ published something similar about Not Giving Up. It was so inspiring, I ordered about 6 copies and saved them. But as the years have gone by, they were lost. Because of our own journey which has required a great deal of determination, I have been searching and searching online for this cherished published piece from WSJ, but without success. When I happened on your article about Jack Andraka and the link above and saw it was part of an ad by United Technologies, it resonated — and I remembered the one I’m looking for was by them too!

    It may have been entitled “Never Quit” or “Never Give Up” — started something like, So you want to quit? Is that what you want to do? Giving up is easy. It’s what your opponents hope you will do. (4 decades later, the effect of it was so profound it still brings tears just to think about it!) Somewhere in there it gave examples of those who didn’t quit. And it ended, Never, Never, Never give up.

    All this is from memory and I can only guess that the year was around 1968-1970. Can you help direct me to where I might be able to find it? Thanks so much! Sincerely, Kathy Lindner

  19. Jason Friedland says:

    The key is to structure your venture so that if you fail, you fail intelligently and live to fight another day. Too often I see entrepreneurs take on personally guaranteed debt without understanding the severity of the downside risk.


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