9 Inspirational Quotes About Failure From the Greatest Minds in Tech

Does modernity and technological innovation change our conception of what it takes to succeed? Do entrepreneurs today wrestle with the same struggles of yesteryear's businessman? We have all heard famous quotes about failure from Thomas Edison, Dale Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, but what are today's business leaders saying? Below, check out nine quotes about failure from our technological giants.

1. Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia

"Real entrepreneurs fail, fail, and fail again. You have to try a lot of different things, pick yourself, dust off, and try again."

2. Jack Dorsey, Twitter

"We make mistakes, and we get back up … We have this amazing ability to take big, big risks … but its always a learning opportunity."

3. Steve Jobs, Apple

"You’ve got to be willing to fail, and crash and burn … if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far."

4. Bill Gates, Microsoft

"It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."

5. Jeff Bezos, Amazon

"Invention requires a long term willingness to be misunderstood. You do something that you genuinely believe in, that you have conviction about … but people may criticize that effort … Search yourself."

6. Yossi Vardi

"I have had 22 exits and 27 failures. And I can tell you that I wouldn’t have had the exits without the failures."

7. Sergey Brin, Google

"Even when you go after a more ambitious goal, even if you fail to achieve that one, all the side effects that come along the way can be that much more rewarding and significant in their own right."

8. Niklas Zennström, Skype and Kazaa

"You shouldn’t be afraid of failure – when something fails, you think, ‘What did I learn from that experience? I can do better next time.’ Then kill that project and move on to the next. Don’t get disappointed."

9. Tim Westergren, Pandora

"It’s like climbing a mountain and not seeing the summit and not knowing how far you have to …. the first thing about entrepreneurship is to embrace that."

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Alexander Podkul

Alexander Podkul is a PhD student studying American Government at Georgetown University. In addition to Mic, he has published at the Brookings Institution and writes regularly for the online blog Philanthropy Daily. Alexander's academic work focuses on campaigns and elections, stemming from his firsthand experience in the field. Much of his written work tackles broader issues of politics, public policy, and religion. He holds an MA in American Government and a BA in Theology and Government from Georgetown University.

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