Every individual experiences failure at some stage of his life. I have also equal share of failure and success in my life. Some people experience failure after failure. They get frustrated and unable to do much in their life. But some people struggle very hard and are never afraid of any failure; rather they get strength after strength from the failure and make a unique and successful life of their own.

Of course, such people are rare who inspire others from the story of their struggle, failure and ultimate success. Still, we have many such role models in this world. Today, I have chosen two versatile personalities who can inspire anyone through their life of struggle, failure and success. To make the topic more appropriate and relevant, you find a poem written by me on failure and few quotations on failure.

The two personalities chosen are Abraham Lincoln and Colonel Harland Sanders who are considered to be great failure, but ultimately stood tall as successful person in this world. So, friends, let us read about their life journey…….

Before that let us understand…………..

What is failure and definition of failure.

What is failure?

Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success.(Wikipedia)

Definition of failure.

  1. lack of success
  2. the neglect or omission of expected or required action.
  3. Action of not doing something is failure.



Failure is an attempt that don’t bring desired result
Still becomes a stepping stones to success
Failure can take you step by step near success
Ultimately failure can be the old acquaintance
That introduces you to success.

Failure does not mean you are doomed
And everything is lost in this world
Failures do give that new knowledge and experience
To make you better and stronger in this competitive world
To fight like a warrior to see the beauty of success.

Still failure comes again and again
Some call failure rude and shameless
Failure appears very dull and useless
It visits you and me
Many a time before success
Sometimes even after success
Just to remind……
Failure is fundamental part of life
Better we should not forget this in our life.

Failure is the part of process to get success
Failure is not opposite of success
It is always a part of success
If you are failing more in life
Chances are more that
You will have more successes in life.

Hey Friends!
Bring the attitude of no fear
Fearless attitude is must to win or succeed dear
Hey Friends!
if you never ever plan in life
It’s like a plan to fail in life
If you fear to try ….
It is a green signal to fail
If you give up soon….
And unable to show persistence in your work
It is an outright surrender
And you are derailed dear.

Hey Friends!
If you don’t believe in yourself
And make many excuses again and again
Failure sting will attack you time and again
Certainly cause maximum damage and pain.
Hey friends!
Please remember
Never take failure to your heart
Try to think positive and try to be smart
Remember again………
Failures are the pillars of Success
Bounce back certainly even if you fail
Heavens are not going to fall even if you fail, fail and fail.

Hey friend!
Bring the attitude of no fear
Fearless attitude is must to win battle and even war
Still, be cautious, be practical and positively remember my dear
Make failure, a turbo gear, with your mind very clear
And without any fear my daer.



  1. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og MANDINO
  1. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. HENRY FORD
  2. Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war. DONALD TRUMP
  1. Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble. SHAH RUKH KHAN
  1. Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches you something. MORIHEI UESHIBA
  1. I can accept failure, every one fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. MICHAEL JORDAN
  1. Without failure there is no achievement. JOHN C. MAXWELL 
  1. The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall. RALPH WALDO EMERSON
  1. It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. BILL GATES 
  1. Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles. JAWAHARLAL NEHRU
  1. You have to be able to accept failure to get better. LeBron JAMES 
  1. A man can fail many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. JOHN BURROUGHS 
  1. Success is not the absence of failure; it is the persistence through failure. AISHA TYLER 
  1. A season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. PARAMAHANS YOGANANDA 
  1. Your attitude towards failure determines your attitude after failure. JOHN C. MAXWELL
  1. Success and failure are both part of life. Both are not permanent. SHAH RUKH KHAN
  1. The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. BUDDHA
  1. Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable. JOE BIDEN
  1. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. ABRAHAN LINCOLN
  1. If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. THOMAS J. WATSON
  1. If you‘re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure. H. JACKSON BROWN Jr.
  1. There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. TONY ROBBINS
  1. Failure is a word unknown to me. MUHAMMED ALI JINNAH
  1. You can’t climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure. ZIG ZIGLAR
  1. Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. NAPOLEON HILL
  1. Failure is an amazing data point that tells you which direction not to go. PAYAL KODAKIA
  1. Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
  1. Indecision and delays are the parents of failure. GEORGE CANNING
  1. I‘d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. GEORGE BURNS
  1. If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. ZIG ZIGLAR
  1. If we don’t succeed we run the risk of failure.DAN QUAYLE
  1. Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. BENZAMIN FRANKLIN
  1. No man is a failure who is enjoying life. WILLIAM FEATHER


Now let me give my own quotations on failure because I have experienced both failure and success in my life.

  1. Failure tells you, you have failed. Failure also tells you that you can pass and win. Continue to listen to failure to succeed in life. RATIKANTA SINGH
  2. If you fail without any excuse, then tame your mind not to blame others, mind you, you are certain to meet success. RATIKANTA SINGH
  3. Giving up is failure. Stepping up is success. RATIKANTA SINGH


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Colonel Sanders is well known because of his iconic white suit and bow tie. He was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). He wanted to peach chicken recipe to restaurants. His recipe was rejected 1009 times. People told him he was crazy, but he did not give up. He is equally famous for his numerous failures in his life and in business.

Colonel Harland Sanders was born in 1890 in Henry Ville, Indiana. When he was five years old, his father died. His mother had to fend for and support three children including Harland. Seeing all this Harland dropped out when he was in sixth grade. He also didn’t like Maths and also he needed to work to earn money to take care of his mother, his brother as well as sister. While his mother went out for work, Harland was forced to help and take care of his brother and sister. He became a proficient cook during this time. He learnt how to make bread and vegetables. He improved his knowledge of cooking and preparing meat by the age of seven years. By ten years, he was already working as a farmhand.

Colonel Sanders continued to work on a firm until he was fifteen years. Then he got a job as a street car conductor in New Albany, Indiana. In 1906, he joined the army and looked after mules in Cuba. Then he was a  railroad man for the Illinois Central Rail road. Then he got his law degree from Southern University. After this he moved to Jefferson Ville, Indiana where he sold insurance. Then he was secretary at the Chamber of Commerce in Columbus, Indiana. After this he delivered babies, sold tires and started a ferry boat company. Few years later he run for (contested for) political office. Also he opened his gas station. In the gas station people started asking him where they could get something to eat. This led him to open his fried chicken restaurant at the age of forty in the year 1930. Governor Ruby Laffoon loved it so much that he made him a colonel.

In July, 1939, he could own a motel and a restaurant. This was destroyed by a fire just four months later. By 1940, when he 50 years old, he began to finalize his so called “Secret” Chicken recipe. He could figure out how to pressure fry the chicken in a faster and more consistent product all the time. However, in 1942, during the war, he sold his business. During this year he got divorced. In1955, his restaurant failed after an interstate route was changed and his restaurant could not get customers. He almost lost everything. During this critical phase of his life at the age 65 years with just a 105 dollar social security cheque, Colonel Sanders set out to sell franchised chicken model to restaurant across the country. It was his hard luck, he was famously rejected by 1009 restaurants before one agreed to his idea.

The first restaurant that started was based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, which became the first Kentucky Fried Chicken. This restaurant tripled its overall sales within a year where major share of revenue was from Colonel’s chicken.

The company could grow and expand faster than he could have ever imagined. At the age of 74, in the year 1964, Sanders sold the company for two million dollars to a group of investors led by Jack C. Massey and John Y. Brown Jr. He retained the Canadian franchisee rights. He stayed on as a salaried goodwill ambassador to the company.

The life history of failure, struggle and success of Colonel Harland Sanders show us that it doesn’t matter how old we are or how much money we have with us to accomplish something great. We can sum up his story as a great failure but a story of greater success.


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Born —                    February 12, 1809, near Hodgenville, Kentucky
Middle Name — None
Parents —              Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln
Siblings —              Sarah (1807-1828), Thomas (1812)
Places Lived —     Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, District of Columbia

Wife —                       Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882); married 1842
Children —              Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926),

Edward Baker Lincoln (1846-1850),

William Wallace Lincoln (1850-1862),

Thomas (Tad) Lincoln (1853-1871)
Property Owned — Iowa and Illinois (home purchase: 1844, Springfield)

Formal Education — About one year total
Degrees — Honorary degrees from Knox College (1860), Columbia (1861),

Princeton (1864), Illinois College (2009)

Political Party — Whig (1832-1856), Republican (1856-1865)
Offices Held — Elected to Illinois General Assembly in 1834, 1836, 1838,

1840; elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1846;

elected sixteenth President of the U.S. in 1860 and 1864
Vice Presidents — Hannibal Hamlin, Andrew Johnson
Presidential Library — Springfield, Illinois

Non-Political Work — Farmhand, clerk, flatboatman, store owner,

surveyor, postmaster, lawyer
Law Partners — John T. Stuart (1837-1841), Stephen T. Logan (1841-

1844), William B. Herndon (1844-1865)

Military Experience — Captain and private, Illinois Militia (1832);

Commander-in-Chief (1861-1865)

Patent — Patent #6469 granted May 22, 1849 for device to lift boats over

shoals; only U.S. President to own a patent

Most Famous Speeches — Lyceum Address (1838),

” Lost” Speech (1856),

House Divided Speech (1858),

Debates with Stephen Douglas (1858),

Cooper Union Address (1860),

First Inaugural Address(1861),

Gettysburg Address (1863),

Second Inaugural Address (1865)

Appearance — 6’4″, 180 lbs., gray eyes, black hair, size 14 shoe

Death — Shot by John Wilkes Booth April 14; died April 15, 1865,

Washington, D.C.
Burial — Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois; May 4, 1865

(Sources: Internet)



1832 Lost job
Defeated for state legislature
Elected company captain of Illinois militia in Black Hawk War
1833 Failed in business Appointed postmaster of New Salem, Illinois
Appointed deputy surveyor of Sangamon County
1834   Elected to Illinois state legislature
1835 Sweetheart died  
1836 Had nervous breakdown Re-elected to Illinois state legislature (running first in his district)
Received license to practice law in Illinois state courts
1837   Led Whig delegation in moving Illinois state capital from Vandalia to Springfield
Became law partner of John T. Stuart
1838 Defeated for Speaker Nominated for Illinois House Speaker by Whig caucus
Re-elected to Illinois House (running first in his district)
Served as Whig floor leader
1839   Chosen presidential elector by first Whig convention
Admitted to practice law in U.S. Circuit Court
1840   Argues first case before Illinois Supreme Court
Re-elected to Illinois state legislature
1841   Established new law practice with Stephen T. Logan
1842   Admitted to practice law in U.S. District Court
1843 Defeated for nomination for Congress  
1844   Established own law practice with William H. Herndon as junior partner
1846   Elected to Congress
1848 Lost renomination (Chose not to run for Congress, abiding by rule of rotation among Whigs.)
1849 Rejected for land officer Admitted to practice law in U.S. Supreme Court
Declined appointment as secretary and then as governor of Oregon Territory
1854 Defeated for U.S. Senate Elected to Illinois state legislature (but declined seat to run for U.S. Senate)
1856 Defeated for nomination for Vice President  
1858 Again defeated for U.S. Senate  
1860   Elected President

(Source –Internet)



It is well known that a great person failed, failed and failed but ultimately achieved the pinnacle of glory. He is none other than the 16th President of America, Abraham Lincoln.

 (Let us know something more about Abraham Lincoln.)

Abram Lincoln was born on 12th February1809, in a single-room log cabin, Hardin County, Kentucky. His family upbringing was modest. Abraham lost his mother at an early age. His father moved away to Indiana. Abraham had to work hard splitting logs and other manual labour. He had a thirst of knowledge.

Actually he received less than a year of formal education by the time reached the age of 21. His primary means of education was schooling at home, using borrowed books and the Bible. He worked very hard to excel in studies. This made him a self –trained lawyer. He spent 8 years working on the Illinois court circuits. Everybody was impressed with his ambition, drive and capacity for hard work. Lincoln became reputed on the legal circuit and gained the nickname        …‘Honest Abe’.

It is well known through his colleagues and friends that Lincoln had a capacity to defuse tense and argumentative situations through use of humour and his capacity to take an optimistic view on human nature. He loved to tell stories to illustratate a serious point through the use of humour and parables.

The greatest thing about Abraham Lincoln is that he did not quit. He probably is the greatest example of persistence. He faced defeats throughout his life. He could have quit many times. Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. He has proved to be the mythical towering figure of American history. He was certainly a fascinating and inspiring character.

So, how can we call him a failure? But certainly failure made him a grand success. His greatest contribution is the abolition of slavery.

Hats off to Abraham Lincoln!

He is great and his failures and successes will certainly inspire generations after generations.