You’ve failed
many times,
although you may not
You fell down
the first time
you tried to walk.
You almost drowned
the first time
you tried to
swim, didn’t you?
Did you hit the
ball the first time
you swung a bat?
Heavy hitters,
the ones who hit the
most home runs,
also strike
out a lot.
R.H. Macy
failed several
times before his
store in New York
caught on.
English novelist
John Creasy got
753 rejection slips
before he published
564 books.
Babe Ruth struck out
1,330 times,
but he also hit
714 home runs.
Don’t worry about
Worry about
the chances you miss
when you don’t
even try.

– Harry J. Gray, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, United Technologies in a 1981 ad on the back page of the Wall Street Journal

[DAVE’S COMMENT: I taped this poem the the back of my bedroom door through high school. In college I retyped it and taped it to my bathroom mirror. It has inspired me time after time since I first saw it almost thirty years ago. Thanks, Harry.]

6 thoughts on “DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL”

  1. From my mother in law’s fridge:

    If you think you are beaten, you are,
    if you think you dare not, you don’t,
    if you have a goal, but think you can’t,
    it is most certain that you wont.

    If you think you’ll fail, you already have,
    for out in the world we find
    achievement begins with a person’s will.
    It’s all in your state of mind!

    If you think you’re outclassed, you are,
    you’ve got to think high to rise,
    you’ve got to be sure of yourself before
    you will even know peace of mind!

    Life’s success doesn’t always go
    to the smarter or more learned one.
    Sooner or later the one who succeeds
    is the one who thinks he can.

  2. I just found this in my files. When UT ran the ad, you could send away to them for a hard copy, which I ordered and which I have kept with me for more than thirty years. So glad that someone has posted it on the Internet. Thank you.

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