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Detour to Success – February 5 Inspiration


Success is not instantaneous, as much as we might like it to be. We usually have to learn some lessons along the way, and even fail now and then as part of the learning process. In other words, we often encounter detours on the road to success. The important thing is to learn what we need to, and keep moving forward.




Here’s your inspiration for this first Friday in February…


“I believe failing is part of every success.

As John Maxwell says, ‘We can fail forward.’

History is filled with examples of people

who are famous for doing great things–

yet if we study their lives,

we find they failed numerous times

before they ever succeeded at anything.

Their real strength was not their talent

as much as it was their tenacity.

A person who refuses to give up

will always succeed, eventually.

Remember: Failure is simply a detour

on the road to success.”

Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional


My reflections:

It’s comforting to know so many people failed before they ever succeeded–so failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Even if we fail the first (second, third…) time, at least it means we made the effort and learned what did NOT work. If we don’t step out to find out (as in yesterday’s post), and take some calculated risks, we might not fail… but we also won’t succeed!


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you agree we often have to fail before we succeed? Have you ever taken a detour on the road to success?


Our 3 newest kittens--Loki, Thor, and Minnie--now 5 months old.
Our 3 newest kittens–Loki, Thor, and Minnie–now 5 months old.


  1. Healing Tomato

    I have “failed” many times but I have always gained something from that experience. So, I don’t count them as failures. Great post.
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  2. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    Detour – that’s a nice word for all the brick walls ‘the Gods’ keep putting in my way.
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  3. Elizabeth O.

    If we fail then that simply means we’re trying. It’s part of the process on our way to our goals. Thanks for this lovely inspiration!

    05 . Feb . 2016
  4. tara pittman

    I hate failing. It is good to know it means success.
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    06 . Feb . 2016
  5. Shobha George

    Yes! Failure is just the beginning of getting to try something again!

    06 . Feb . 2016
  6. Roya

    Thank you! It is always nice to read inspiring words that adds value to your everyday.

    06 . Feb . 2016
  7. April

    I hate the feeling of being failed but i only think this is one thing can make me brave

    06 . Feb . 2016
  8. nicole escat

    I’m so glad that you always sharing a inspiring post. It really makes me inspired

    06 . Feb . 2016
  9. Claudette

    I regret nothing, including the big fails of along my journey.
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    06 . Feb . 2016
  10. michelle

    i don’t think we have to fail in order to succeed as i’m sire we all have had experiences where we succeeded without failure. however, i do think that giving up just because of failure is the only sure way to never succeed
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    06 . Feb . 2016
  11. Eugenia

    Every failure is a step to success πŸ™‚ Thanks for your post πŸ™‚
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    06 . Feb . 2016
  12. Ana De- Jesus

    I agree as much as we wish we could turn on success like a tap it doesn’t work like that. Patience is a virtue.
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    06 . Feb . 2016
  13. Rebecca B.

    I have failed many times and it is always frustrating, but in the end, I do learn from it and it usually ends in success πŸ™‚
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    06 . Feb . 2016
  14. Alana

    It’s those who keep getting up after failure who finally succeed. So many examples in history showing it is the ability to bounce back, again and again and again. And it’s hard. So hard.
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    06 . Feb . 2016
  15. Ann Bacciaglia

    I think it is important to have failures in life. There is always a lesson to be learned in failing. We need to pick ourselves back up and not be afraid to try again.

    06 . Feb . 2016
  16. Ashley

    I definitely believe in the concept of failing forward! It almost took me a year of ‘failing’ with blog ideas before I got to the one I am 100% satisfied with. We can always be learning along the way!!

    07 . Feb . 2016
  17. MyTeenGuide

    I agree failure is not a bad thing. You learn from it and it makes you a stringer person.
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    07 . Feb . 2016
  18. Ron Leyba

    I truly agree with this. We have to stumble a lot of times before we can finally reach our goals. Without past failure, there’s no success in the future.
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    08 . Feb . 2016
  19. Becky Ryan-Willis

    Comment Luv works for me
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    08 . Feb . 2016
  20. Bernadette Callahan (Aimless Moments)

    I think failing is a natural thing. Everyone fails at one time or another and then we figure out what to do to continue on.

    08 . Feb . 2016
  21. Rosey

    Failure isn’t a bad thing if you grow from it. And it makes you appreciate success more. I just wish my succcess would hurry. πŸ˜‰
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    08 . Feb . 2016
  22. Liz Mays

    I think failure teaches us the best lessons! I think it’s a necessary part of success.
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    08 . Feb . 2016
  23. Shaylee

    I think it’s essential to fail every once in a while! It teaches you so much and helps you to grow throughout life.

    PS Your kitties are adorable! I wish my three would cuddle like that but they don’t much like each other haha
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    09 . Feb . 2016

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