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15 Inspirational Quotes for Overcoming Failure and Challenges

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Whether you’re a student, business owner or employee, everybody gets stuck in a rut at times. Maybe you feel like you’ve failed at something and success is a far fetched dream. Or maybe you’re questioning everything about your life —career, friends, and family. Whatever you’re going through right now, it’s important  to remember that emotions are temporary. Steve Harvey said it best: “A person has to remember that the road to success is always under construction.”

Below are some more inspirational quotes and words of encouragement from a few other celebrities, innovators, and change makers.

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“Whatever obstacles appear in your path, put your head down and get past them. Those obstacles aren’t real. They’re just God’s way of testing you. He’s asking you, ‘Do you want to make it or not?'” ~Russell Simmons, hip-hop Mogul 

“Overcoming showed me that you can’t play victim. You have to see the light at the end of the tunnel and believe in yourself. Sometimes life deals us a bad hand, but you have to be able to maneuver and adapt. That experience has been invaluable for me in my career.” ~Everette Taylor, marketing entrepreneur & BE Modern Man 

“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, Author, Harry Potter book series

“You can choose to let whatever happened today carry into your tomorrow, or you can choose to shake it off, stop taking yourself so serious, realize you’re going to get some things wrong, and respect yourself for having it in you to keep trying until you get it right. That’s strength. Give yourself more credit. You’re not broken, you’re building and growing, it takes time to be whole. Change what you speak over yourself.” ~Rob Hill Sr. entrepreneur and motivational speaker

“When you are down on your back, if you can look up, you can get up.”~Les Brown, motivational speaker, author, and entrepreneur

“Self-accountability is the #1 habit that contributes to my success. Everybody else hustles like there’s a tomorrow, but I hustle like there’s only one more second left to this hustle. And that’s what makes me different. I’m going to follow through.~Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, music mogul

“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘my back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” ~Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers basketball player

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” ~Angela Davis, American political activist, scholar, and author

“Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours; countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.”
~Serena Williams, American tennis player

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