Even as a talented sales rep, you’re bound to experience failure at one point or another.

Whether you were just shy of hitting your quota or you had a promising deal that didn’t go through, not every attempt at a goal is going to result in a home run.

If you’re experiencing one of those moments, all hope is not lost. Here are some inspirational quotes to help you get back on your feet after a setback.

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Quotes About Learning From Failure

  1. "I have not failed. I have found 10,000 ways that don’t work." — Thomas Edison
  2. "Giving up is the only sure way to fail." ― Gena Showalter
  3. "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." — Maya Angelou
  4. "The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure." ― John C. Maxwell
  5. "Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable." ― Coco Chanel
  6. "Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." ― Mia Hamm
  7. "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." ― Samuel Beckett
  8. "We’re born with success. It is only others who point out our failures, and what they attribute to us as failure." — Whoopi Goldberg
  9. "Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again." ― Henry Ford
  10. "Don’t fear failure — not failure, but low aim is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail." ― Bruce Lee
  11. "The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying." ― Roy T. Bennett
  12. "The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times." — Paulo Coelho
    "The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times." — Paulo Coelho
  13. "It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default." ― J.K. Rowling
  14. "Do not judge me by my successes; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." ― Nelson Mandela
  15. "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
  16. "You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you." ― Barack Obama
  17. "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try." ― Beverly Sills
  18. "Failure is another stepping stone to greatness." ― Oprah Winfrey
  19. "I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying." ― Michael Jordan
  20. "Failure is a part of the process. You just learn to pick yourself back up." ― Michelle Obama
  21. "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail." ― Confucius
  22. "Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,' and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure." — Malcolm X
    "Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,' and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure." — Malcolm X
  23. "Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." ― Dale Carnegie
  24. "The master has failed more times than the beginner has tried." ― Stephen McCranie
  25. "We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success." ― Arianna Huffington
  26. "Failure is success in progress." ― Albert Einstein
  27. "My grandmother once told me, ‘Don`t let failure go to your heart and don’t let success go to your head.’" ― Will Smith
  28. "When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel." ― Eloise Ristad
  29. "It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience." ― Lupita Nyong’o
    "It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience." ― Lupita Nyong’o
  30. "It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure." ― Bill Gates
  31. "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
  32. "Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly." ― John F. Kennedy
  33. "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  34. "There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period." ― Brene Brown
  35. "Courage allows the successful woman to fail and learn powerful lessons from the failure. So that in the end, she didn’t fail at all." ― Maya Angelou
    "Courage allows the successful woman to fail and learn powerful lessons from the failure. So that in the end, she didn’t fail at all." ― Maya Angelou

Now, let’s get up and get back to it. For more inspiration, check out this list of motivational quotes to start your day.

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Originally published Mar 9, 2020 8:30:00 AM, updated July 10 2020

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