Josh Kaufman

Bestselling Author, Business & Self-Education

On Mistakes

Herbert Spencer, 19th century British author, economist, philosopher:

“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."

ApochPiQ, The Bag of Holding:

“The most successful people in history are not those who have attained perfection. On the contrary, the successful people are those who have learned to handle failure. Our collective consciousness is slathered with pithy quotes from Newton, Einstein, Edison, and a horde of others; they speak of standing on the shoulders of giants, of dogged persistence in the face of apparent defeat, of sweat and work and getting back up after we’ve been kicked down and beaten a little bit. "All the great people became great not because they had some magic recipe for perfection, but because they had mastered fallibility."

Published: December 13, 2008 Last updated: December 13, 2008

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