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Motivational Quote - Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

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People that quit because of failure are being shortsighted. It’s not their fault. They’ve bought into the popular idea that failure and success are opposite ends of the scale. You either achieve one or the other. This kind of thinking ignores the fact that they can actually be part of the same, longer-term process. A process that eventually, inevitably, results in triumph. Failure is just another step closer to your goal. Edison knew that every time one of his lightbulb prototypes blew up, he was that much closer to success than to ultimate failure. He knew that if he had enough failures (and he had thousands), that he would reach the right answer. And in the end, he is famous for that one right answer and his failures may well have never existed. So don’t give up on your dreams. You never know when you might hit on that right answer.

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-SHOREIDO- 1/2/2016 9:57:04 AM
I guess they lose their yearning of whatever it was they were striving for.
You gotta pick yourself up,dust yourself off and start all over again. You'll be ok if you just keep on movin on : )
PRUSSIANETTE 6/30/2012 7:57:08 AM
This is one of my favorite quotes.

Sometimes people even know how close they are, but are afraid of success itself. Not quite sure why...never happens to me, but I did witness it once while swimming. I was taking lessons and swimming the length of the pool. In the lane next to me a young woman was also taking lessons, but was at a very early stage of learning. She was literally four feet from finishing her first length of the pool for the first time in her life. I watched her panic and kept saying she couldn't do it and start to stop. I kind of smiled when her instructor (who was right beside her) took one look at the remaining length, said, "yes, you can", and gave her a very slight push.

When the woman touched the end of the pool, she was elated, and then did it all by herself the next time.

What the heck?? What makes people give up when they are so close? What are they afraid of?
MARTINT011 4/7/2012 4:44:28 PM
thiWs is a highly motivational quote for me. I am now getting a second chance on something where I quit. Even now I still have doubts. However, after reading this quote I somehow knew this quote is for me. Will save this for my favorites to remind me.
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