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Mistakes and mistakes are part of the start-up journey and point the way to future success. A mindset of resilience, reflection and determination is essential to bounce back from challenges. Learning from the mistakes of others and seeking help in the event of a breakdown are also helpful practices.

With our comprehensive coverage of the startup ecosystem, we present to you 40 quotes on how to accept and cope with the inevitable challenges of the entrepreneur’s roller coaster journey (see compilation of quotes from last year here).

We’ve broken this compilation of quotes into six sections: Mindsets, Learnings, Failure and Success, The Entrepreneur’s Journey, Organizational Culture, and The Way Forward.

See also our opinions on the related books Secure boot, The other ‘F’ word, The Serendipity state of mind, Adapt, The good side of the bottom, Who blunders and how, The wisdom of failure, Fail better, Quick failure, and Failing to succeed.

Your story Wish all founders, innovators and change makers a happy new year, and all the best for success and growth in 2022!


People should also have an appetite for failure. No idea is unique. It’s just a matter of who comes first and performs best. – Shailendra Katyal, Lenovo

Don’t let challenges and setbacks get in your way – you will be a student until you are a hundred years old. – Sarah El Battouty, ECOsultat

You just can’t let rejection affect your confidence. – Sharib Hashmi, “The man of the family”

Don’t give up on your dreams and don’t be afraid of failures. Chess helps you grow, and as long as you grow up you are certainly successful. – Sakshi Bakshi, Nucros Science

Failure is the key to introducing new and more effective ideas. There is often a fear of failure that keeps people from trying new ideas. – Karthik Rajagopal, Manipal Health Enterprises

Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It is a vulnerability that breeds self-doubt and is then compounded, often on purpose, by fear. – Michelle obama

Don’t be hard on yourself. There will be valleys and peaks and you have to learn to take both in stride. – Rituparna Mandal, MediaTek

I am eternally grateful for these failures because I would not have found my purpose otherwise. – Shantanu Moitra, composer

At school, we are never taught how to go through a bad phase in life or how to cope with failure. Society despises people with depression and other mental health issues. – Aishwarya Jain, I am happiness

Expectations are always there from family and friends. You just need to focus when you fail at what you want with life and stick with that. – Tejas Goenka, Pointing Solutions

You have to develop the ability to detach yourself to see that a product or business that fails doesn’t mean you are a failure. – Bhavna Dalal, Checkmate Political Office

Learn from failure

Just find one thing about your failure that reminds you that you are still very good at something valuable. – Jason Goldberg,

Learn from your failures. It’s okay to fail when building your startup, just keep failing, learning and growing. – Liana Nzabampema, Segal Family Foundation

The key to success lies in experimentation, failure, retrieving invaluable lessons from failure, and preparing for success. – Madhav Sheth, real

You might encounter many failures, but you will come up with unique ideas that most of them will not. – Abhishek Nayay, Appsmith

Each unsuccessful attempt adds essential learnings to the next innovation, and one of them is bound to work and become important. – Beerud Sheth, Gupshup

Don’t fear failure. Failure just means you learn, keep failing because you will learn your whole career. – Rohini Choudhary, Chitra Santhe

You have the right to fail. It’s healthy to fail, but don’t stop. Learn from your mistakes. – May Gah Allah, Konouz Nubia Foundation

There is no right or wrong in art. Each “mistake” leads you on a path of discovery. – Manisha Raghunath, Chitra Santhe

Failure and success

Take all the obstacles that stand in your way and meet all the challenges in your stride to come out stronger, with a successful business. – Purvi Rohit Pugalia, The Rooted Co

People see the ultimate success, but not what goes on behind the scenes – the thousands of failures behind every success and every step. – Tanushree Jain, Nushaura

Failure is the pillar of success. When a door closes, more open. – Pranab K. Pani, Talendeate beyond the border

“Fail to succeed” will soon be the new mantra for aspiring entrepreneurs across the country. The days are not far off when we will celebrate failure. – MS Sahoo, IBBI

Musical expertise is the product of multiple contributions from a variety of sources, experiences, influences, inspirations, challenges, struggles, failures and victories. – Sonu nigam

Our scars allude to the heroes within us. – Gunjan Shrivastava, The Victory Chronicles

The entrepreneur’s journey

It is rare to find an entrepreneur who is successful with their first business and the first product. The first product and the first business would invariably fail. – Kaninika Mishra, The Quotient Indic

We actually call it Pivot, so no business goes bankrupt, we just Pivot. – Bhavin Turakhia, Zeta

There is no failure as an entrepreneur; only learn. Believe in yourself and in your idea, and give your best every day; the rest will fall into place. – Arjeeta C Singhvi, ekSlate

It’s the life after every setback or failure that defines you, not the failure that defines you. So if you can’t hold on, don’t start it. – Ronnie Screwvala, upGrad

The key is to limit your failures, to go further, and to raise the bar when you have relative success. -Byju Raveendran

You probably know that while failure can be painful, the path to entrepreneurship is, for many people, an overwhelming attraction – a professional calling. You just might be one of them. – Tom Eisenmann, “fail-safe start”

Organizational culture

It’s okay to fail as long as we learn from our mistakes, and companies need to talk about it more because there are valuable lessons hidden in these failures. – Anjana Menon, What’s your story?

In a business or corporate culture, you have to allow teams to be able to fail sometimes, but failing early and failing smart don’t last long. – Arvind Krishna, IBM

Organizations need to allow women to experiment and give them the platform to collaborate, sometimes fail, and encourage them to raise their hands. – Vaishali Kasturae, AWS India

Values-based organizations succeed in difficult times when others fail. – Mukesh Batra, “the homeopath of the nation”

Rectification should take place when failures occur. But what can be done about it, if no one discusses it or has it, or if the boss is completely unaware of the development of the situation? – Robin Banerjee, “Who’s Goofing and How”

The fear of failure and the culture of risk aversion are a critical barrier to innovation. – Shilohu Rao, NeGD

Failure is the first glimpse of an innovative future. Appreciating reflection and effort while creating a safe space for failure to happen quickly is the cornerstone of design thinking. – Jayan Sen, Infosys

The road ahead

Life is a continuum of being able to overcome and transcend setbacks. – Vani Kola, capital of Kalaari

The local culture must be favorable in the form of risk tolerance, appreciation of failure as a springboard to success, support for innovation, creativity, dynamism and thirst for achievement, respect for risk taking and wealth creation – MH Bala Subrahmanya, ‘Entrepreneurial ecosystems for tech start-ups in India’

The country should celebrate failure because it is only when someone fails that they know not to do something. – Piyush Goyal, Minister of Trade and Industry

Chess is a comma, a brief pause. – Ronnie Screwvala, ‘Skill It, Kill It’

Your story also published the paperback “Proverbs and quotes for entrepreneurs: a world of inspiration for startups” as a creative and motivating guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).