A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing – George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond.

The full quote:

Attention and activity lead to mistakes as well as to successes; but a life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw

Lessons learned from mistakes contribute to personal growth, resilience, and a more meaningful and useful life than a life of inaction or avoidance of challenges.

  1. “A life spent in making mistakes”: Everyone makes mistakes, and we all spend our lives making mistakes, especially if you are an entrepreneur. Encountering challenges and learning from mistakes is a natural and essential part of the human experience and entrepreneurship.
  2. “Is not only more honorable”: Facing mistakes and learning from them is an honorable endeavor. There is honor in the resilience, courage, and growth that come from facing challenges.
  3. “But more useful than a life spent doing nothing”: The experiences gained from making mistakes are more valuable and beneficial than leading a passive or unchallenged life. When it comes to entrepreneurship, taking action and making mistakes is by far better than not taking action and dreaming of a never executed project.

This quote relates to:
Steve Jobs : the best ideas have to win
Talk is cheap. Execution is everything.
People don’t care about what you say. They care about what you build – Mark Zuckerberg
The only impossible journey is the one you never begin – Tony Robbins
Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration – Thomas Edison
Good ideas are always crazy until they are not – Elon Musk – Larry Page
It’s easy to have ideas, it’s very hard to turn an idea into a successful product – Jeff Bezos
Dreams are a dime a dozen. It’s their execution that counts – Theodore Roosevelt
You have to believe it before you see it. – quote by unknown
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein
There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them – Seth Godin
Ideas are worthless. Execution is everything – Scott Adams
The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France

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