Failure Isn’t Fatal

2015-0122 Harvey Mackay Quote


The following text is an excerpt of an article written by Harvey Mackay who is one of my favorite writers. If you read any of his books, he will be one of your favorite authors too. Although many people read his books to strengthen their sales skill, I believe the words he writes also help people overcome their adversities.

Excerpt of Article written by Harvey Mackay

In 1860 a thirty-eight-year old man was working as a handyman for his father, a leather merchant.  He kept books, drove wagons and handled hides for about $66 a month.  Prior to this menial job the man had failed as a soldier, a farmer and a real estate agent.  Most of the people who knew him had written him off as a failure.  Only eight years later he was President of the United States.  The man was Ulysses S. Grant.

Most of us are afraid of failing.  Admit it.  We all face fears and anxieties every day, and the only way to overcome them and succeed is to recognize them up front so we can confront them directly.

Failure can be one more step on your road to success.  You just have to turn it around in a positive direction.  It can strengthen your determination to overcome obstacles.  Failure can make you braver in the face of opposition.  It can help you learn what you need to do in order to succeed.  Failure can teach you to recognize your limitations and your strengths.  It can encourage you to change your strategy.

Mackay’s Moral: Some of the best lessons we ever learned, we learned from our mistakes and failures.

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(Harvey Mackay is the author of several New York Times best-sellers including “Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive.” He can be reached through his website,, by emailing or by writing him at MackayMitchell Envelope Co., 2100 Elm St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.)

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