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Top 10 Best Quotes To Inspire Anyone Who Has Faced Failures And Rejections

By Joycelyn Ong |


Some of you might have experienced a journey toiled with blood, sweat and tears while pursuing your dreams and goals. While we know you’re an independent and capable individual, but there are times when we fall and find it hard to pick ourselves up. Here are 10 quotes to encourage you during the various phases that you might encounter along the journey.



When fear is holding you back

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” - Paulo Cohello


“Most fears of rejection rest on the desire of approval from other people. Don’t base your self- esteem on their opinion.” – Harvey Mackay


One of the greatest delays to success is often the fear of making another mistake after experiencing one / multiple times. As a result, we retreat, play it safe, or even stop taking chances to try again. However, it is better to try and fail than to not try and regret and be constantly haunted by the “what ifs” in the future. You can learn more from your mistakes than your regrets.


Like it or loathe it, mistakes and evaluation will always be present on the road to success. Some feedback and criticism can sound like a personal attack and the hurt of rejection can stay with you for a long time.


Pay attention to constructive feedback that can help you to improve your work objectively and not self-opinionated, emotional remarks that could be biased. Also, always remember that the feedback serves as a guideline, not a final judgment and it certainly does not define you!


When faced with obstacles or oppositions

If you want the rainbow, you have got to put up with the rain.” - Dolly Parton


“When everything seems to be going against you remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford


Not everything that we plan or do will be smooth sailing at all times. The journey to our destination may be lengthy, messy and lonely. Whether it is an unpredictable element that affected your timeline or the discouragement from the people around you, make the best out of the situation that you are in.


Keep moving and trying by not solely focusing on the problem, but changing your attitude to focus on ways to solve the problem. For example, if you have financial constraints, stop highlighting how much money you are left with, but work out a feasible budget and find alternatives to gain extra income.


Be patient to wait for the right timing to set things up again and conquer each step by focusing on the outcome that you want to achieve and the reward at the end.



When it is difficult to accept the situation

“If we dare to win, we should also dare to lose.” - Lee Chong Wei


“A clear rejection is better than a false promise.” - Zig Ziglar


There should be no shame in embracing our losses and rejections as part of our journey. Take some time to collect your thoughts and emotions before you attempt again. Be willing to humble yourself, accept this as an experience where you get to pick up several important lessons and move on gracefully.


While nobody likes to be rejected, it is much better to be rejected straightforwardly so that you can quickly move on to the next attempt. False promises and expectations can only give you temporary validation instead of a solid, permanent outcome.


If you think that you have received a vague response that sounds in between a yes and no, take the initiative to ask for clarification for a sure answer and additional feedback to improve the next round.


When you feel lost and directionless

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden


“Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.” - Bernard Branson


Failures and rejections serve as tools of reflection to ponder on new suggestions and even redirections. Sometimes it is easy to overlook certain methods that may not work for you or even underestimate or overestimate several elements such as timing or the targeted audience.


At times, stubbornness can be a significant stumbling block on our pathway to success. Explore new methods of doing things, be creative and be open to various pathways that can lead you to the destination that you want.


For instance, let’s say your ultimate goal is to get published one day. Your previous works that have been sent were rejected due to their lengthiness or due to a different theme that is not in alignment with the publisher; instead of dwelling aimlessly on the rejection, you can consider writing short stories or articles for a change and look for alternative publishers that appreciate your style of writing and help you improve.


When you feel like giving up

“A minute’s success pays the failure of years.” - Robert Browning


“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.” - Abraham Lincoln


There will come a time where you will be on the brink of giving up, or you stopped what you have done because you simply cannot take it anymore and everything seemed hopeless.

Talk to someone who has encountered a similar situation and overcame their situation. Knowing that someone else has also gone through it gives you the confidence that you can also go through it victoriously. Ask for practical advice and also have someone trustworthy to confide in, to give you the needed support when you are running low on physical and emotional strength to go on.



Most importantly, remind yourself daily that you are the ultimate decider of the outcome of your next chapter. Tell yourself that it will all be worth it when you look back one day.


We hope that these quotes above have inspired you and will continue to inspire you from time to time. Throughout this journey of failures and rejections, don’t forget to also celebrate your growth and progress as you hold on steadily until you reach your breakthrough.


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