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The Necessity of Failure

My morning office ritual begins by reading the "quote of the day" from my 2008 "Journey to Success with Napoleon Hill" calendar.  Today's quotes ring true for two reasons.  The first is that  it reminded me of a recent conversation with my daughter who was afraid to fail and my response that failure is an essential part of the path to success.  The second is a post by Seth Godin on how luck we are to live in the United States and to be able to fail on the path to success.  I'd add to Seth's thought by saying failure is not only a right, it is an essential part of being a citizen.

Here are the quotes:

"Failure is a blessing when it pushes one out of a cushioned seat of self-satisfaction and forces him to do something useful."
                                     - Napoleon Hill

"Virtually nothing comes out right the first time.  Failures, repeated failures, are the guideposts on the road to achievement."
                                     - Charles F. Kettering*

* Charles Franklin Kettering (August 29, 1876November 24 or November 25, 1958) was an American inventor and the holder of over 300 patents. He was a founder of Delco, and was head of research for General Motors for 27 years from 1920 to 1947. Among his most widely used automotive inventions were the electrical starting motor[and leaded gasoline

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