Vadim Kotelnikov    

Dealing with Failure

How To Avoid Stupid Failures and Grow by Learning from Failures


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Two Types of Failure

21 Secrets of Self-made Millionaires

  • Never Allow Failure To Be An Option... More

The Wheel of Personal Success Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

COCA Principle of Achievement



10 Lessons from Konosuke Matsushita

  • Bad times have their bright side... More

Humorous Business Plan

Smart Success

Brief History: "Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction." Al Bernstein...

Growth Strategy: "The way to succeed is to double your failure rate." Thomas J. Watson... More

Failure as a Stepping Stone To Success: Turning failures into opportunities

Pearls of Wisdom


Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved.

~ Lao Tzu

Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.


Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

– Mahatma Gandhi

Many people dream of success. To me success can only achieved through repeated failure and introspection. In fact, success represents the 1% of your work that results from the 99% that is called failure.

– Soichiro Honda


In the West, our fixation on success discourages us from risk taking because it values success over learning, and it abhors failure whether we learn from it or not.

– Parker Palmer

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.

Steve Jobs

I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.

– Thomas Edison

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.

– Igor Stravinski

Once you embrace unpleasant news not as negative but as evidence of a need for change, you aren't defeated by it. You're learning from it.

Bill Gates

Turning Failures To Opportunities

3 Steps

  1. Get rid of all negative emotions – and lean: There is no failure, only feedback!... More

50 Rules of Project Management

  • If at first you don’t succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.

  • The nice thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression... More

Mental Fengshui: 21 Rules

  • When you lose, don't lose the lesson... More

12 Reasons Why Companies Fail

  1. Inadequate planning of the business... More

Failure as a Primary Vehicle for Success

According to NLP, there is no failure, only feedback >>>

"If you give people freedom to innovate, the freedom to experiment, the freedom to succeed, then you must also give them the freedom to fail.

According to Deepak Seethi of AT&T, the organization of tomorrow will demand mistakes and failures. It is only by trying lots of initiatives that we can improve our chances that one of them will be a star."6

Failure provides a great learning opportunity and should be viewed as a very lifeblood of success.

Learning SWOT Questions

"Although most people hate to be labeled a failure and love to be labeled a success, it is only through seeming failure that most of life's greatest successes are achieved. Usually, "failure" or "success" is almost entirely in the eye of the beholder... Failure is very often a misperception about the difference between what exists and goes unnoticed (such as growth and learning when we fall short of reaching a goal) and what is realized later (longer term success)."5

How To Prevent Innovation (Humorous Tips)

  • Don't give your people freedom to fail... More

10 Commandments of Innovation

Preventing Failure

Failure is not an accident – it's the result of interactions in a system. It has structure and sequence.

12 Major Causes of Failure in Leadership

Why Change Fails: 8 Common Errors

NLP teaches you to habitually take a systemic view of things – to look at the different elements in a situation as parts of a system which functions for good or ill. This system involves people and a sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, actions and interactions. "Once you understand how the system is working – for or against you – you have a means of structuring things differently in the future, so you can avoid 'failure' again."2

 Case in Point  Abraham Lincoln

Failed in business in '31. Defeated for the legislature in '32. Again failed in business in '34. Sweetheart died in '35. Had a nervous breakdown in '36. Defeated in election in '38. Defeated for Congress in '43. Defeated for Congress in '46. Defeated for Congress in '48. Defeated for Senate in '55. Defeated for Vice President in '56. Defeated for Senate in '58. Elected President in '60... This man was Abraham Lincoln.

Inspirational Business Plan: Successful Innovation

Brief History: "I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work." Thomas Edison... More

Be Different and Make a Difference!

 Case in Point  Jacuzzi

"In the 1950s the Jacuzzi brothers invented a whirlpool bath to treat people with arthritis. Although the product worked, it was a sales flop. Very few people in the target market, sufferers from arthritis, could afford the expensive bath. So the idea languished until they tried relaunching the same product for a different marketas a luxury item for the wealthy. It became a big success."6

Differentiate Between Noble Failure and Stupid Failure

David Pottruck, a former CEO of Charles Schwab, says: "The idea that failure is okay is ridiculous. I am not going to go around the company and reward someone for failing. But here at Schwab we differentiate between noble failure and stupid failure."1... More

The Jazz of Innovation: 11 Practice Tips

 Case in Point  Microsoft

Many costly Microsoft product failures provided the learning and opportunity for development of many of Microsoft's biggest successes. Examples include:

  • Many apparently wasted years working on a failed database called Omega resulted in the development of the most popular desktop database, Microsoft Access.

  • Millions of dollars and countless hours invested in a joint operating system project with IBM that was discontinued led to the operating system Windows NT.

  • A failed multiplan spreadsheet that made little headway against Lotus 1-2-3 provided learning that helped in the development of Microsoft Excel, an advanced graphic spreadsheet that leads the competition.4

Steve Jobs' 12 Rules of Success

  1. Learn from failures. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations... More

3 Strategies of Market Leaders

The Art of Innovation: 9 Truths

By: Guy Kawasaki

  • Don't worry, be crappy. An innovator doesn't worry about shipping an innovative product with elements of crappiness if it's truly innovative. The first permutation of a innovation is seldom perfect – Macintosh, for example, didn't have software (thanks to me), a hard disk (it wouldn't matter with no software anyway), slots, and color. If a company waits – for example, the engineers convince management to add more features – until everything is perfect, it will never ship, and the market will pass it by... More

 Case in Point  Dell Computer Corporation

"At Dell, innovation is all about taking risks and learning from failure," writes Michael Dell7, the Founder & CEO of Dell Inc. "Today, we're well known for inventory management, logistics, supply chain management, and such, but that wasn't always the case. Back in 1989, we had a very large disaster – large, at least, for the small company we were at the time. The personal computer industry was making the transition to a new type of memory chip, and we found ourselves stuck with far too many of the old kind. That was a costly mistake, and it took us about a year to recover, but we learned from it. The failure led us to develop a new way to manage inventory, and we went from being last place in the minor leagues to where we now win the World Series every year."



Declaring Independence from Negative Thinking: 5 Steps

By: Stephen Kraus

  • Learn to argue with yourself. Go on the counter-attack. Fight back against the negative thoughts by asking yourself a series of questions that will reveal the Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) as false and counter-productive. Try asking yourself these seven kinds of questions:

    • Evidence: What is the objective evidence for this ANT?

    • Exaggeration: Am I over-reacting? Am I over-generalizing?

    • Utility: Is this belief empowering or counter-productive?... More

Why Businesses Fail...

Turning Failures To Opportunities...

Positive Thinking...

Pursuing Opportunities Faster than Competition...

Fast Experimentation...

Freedom To Fail...

Creative Problem Solving...

Energizing People...


IDEO Tom Kelley creativity innovation quotes

Good companies embrace a culture of mini-failures. Setbacks aren’t problems, they’re opportunities.

Tom Kelley


Henry Ford advice

Failure is simply the opportunity to
begin again, 
this time more intelligently.

Henry Ford

Ford Moror

Richard Branson business advice quotes

You don't learn to walk by following rules.
You learn by doing, and by falling over.

Richard Branson

Virgin Group

Michael Dell advice

To encourage people to innovate more,
you have to make it safe for them to fail.  >>>

Michael Dell

Dell Inc.

Akio Morita advice quotes Sony

Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. But make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice.

Akio Morita


Vadim Kotelnikov advice quotes

In radical innovation, every step forward is a step into terra incognita where failures are teachers and opportunities are guides

Vadim Kotelnikov







  1. It's not the BIG and eats the SMALL... it's the FAST that eats the SLOW, J. Jennings and L. Haughton

  2. NLP Solutions, Sue Knight

  3. Changing Strategic Direction, Peter Skat-Rørdam

  4. Bill Gates @ the Speed of Thought, Bill Gates with Collins Hemingway

  5. The Power of Failure, Charles C. Manz

  6. The Leader's Guide To Lateral Thinking Skills, Paul Sloane

  7. Inspiring Innovation, Ellen Peebles, Harvard Business Review on The Innovative Enterprise

  8. Motivation123, Newsletter, Jason Gracia

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