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Remember that setbacks are only challenges in disguise. Look at them as lessons don’t waste time beating yourself up. Just get back on track and focus on what you want. It’s up to you, and you will do it! ― Jorge Cruise

When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve. ― Roy T. Bennett

You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. ― Johnny Cash

A setback is never a bad experience, just another one of life’s lessons. ― Richard Branson

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A Plan B life can be just as good or better than a Plan A life. You just have to let go of that first dream and realize that God has already written the first chapter of the new life that awaits you. All you have to do is start reading! ― Shannon Alder

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. ― C. S. Lewis

Understand and accept the cycles of money. The setbacks you may have today or next year will not keep you from financial freedom. If you hold on to your goals and dreams, you will get there. ― Suze Orman

When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve. ― Roy Bennett

I knew that if I failed, I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying. ― Jeff Bezos

Setbacks are just learning experiences. ― Beth Brooke

Recovery is full of ups and downs.

There is no such thing as a linear life.

But you can always turn your setbacks into setups to come back stronger. ― Brittany Burgunder

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. ― George Bernard Shaw

Your setback is just a setup for your comeback. ― Steve Harvey

You can cry again, or you can try again. Choice is yours. ― Soham Mondal

Sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure. ― Donald Trump

We all have setbacks in our yesterdays, but your past doesn’t define your future. Today is a new day, you may slip, but God isn’t going to let you fall. His loving arms will always be there to catch you and put you in a right direction. ― Kemmy Nola

We do not mature with age. We mature with the setbacks that we face in life! ― Avijeet Das

How many people are completely successful in every department of life? Not one. The most successful people are the ones who learn from their mistakes and turn their failures into opportunities. ― Zig Ziglar

If you have a setback, and you’re not doing well and then you overcome it somehow, it always sticks with you. You know it could happen again. ― Sam Donaldson

Yes, life is even hard for me, I can’t complain because each hardship is a battle I must engage and each victory is an accomplishment I must re-engage over and over again. Nobody has it simple or easy, but it becomes easy if you understand that temporary setbacks and character-building moments are part of life. ― Tare Munzara

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. ― Mary Kay Ash

Setbacks in life are opportunities to perform at a new level. ― William Cranch Bond

Success is about handling the setbacks, problems and mess, over and over. ― Sharon Pearson

When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe’. ― Tom Preston-Werner

Sometimes what appears to be a setback is God’s mode of elevation. ― Roderick L. Evans

Every form of life must struggle. Life is an aberration; death is ordinary. Life requires obstruction, conflict, reverses, and resolve. Life requires questing. Questing provides the meaning that we seek, a purpose to justify the inevitable struggle to live knowing the absurdity that we must die. ― Kilroy J. Oldster

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. ― Drew Houston

The ability to bounce back after a setback is the single most important trait an entrepreneurial venture can possess. ― Richard Branson

Focus on opportunities not setbacks. Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Focus on the present moment, not the past or the future. Empower yourself! ― Akiroq Brost

I don’t necessarily sit around inviting life to knock me down, but when it does, I don’t wait around for an invitation to stand back up either. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal. ― Max Levchin

The beautiful thing about setbacks is they introduce us to our strengths. ― Robin Sharma

Setbacks happen in life. Though we may not be able to stop them, we may choose whether to get affected by them! We must move on from a state of over thinking about our setbacks to a state of achieving calm when happiness, peace, and tranquility can be achieved! ― Avijeet Das

Like everyone, I have my challenges—but they sure don’t have me. ― Alex Staniforth

Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed. ― Robert Kiyosaki

Sometimes small setbacks are just blessings in disguise. They enhance your determination and whole-hearted dedication to achieving your goals. ― Robert Cheeke

Some incidents keep gnawing at you from the inside. They shatter the walls in your heart. But you must hold on to yourself in such moments. Life is so much more than these setbacks that we have to face in life! ― Avijeet Das

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. ― Debbi Fields

You know, everybody has setbacks in their life, and everybody falls short of whatever goals they might set for themselves. That’s part of living and coming to terms with who you are as a person. ― Hillary Clinton

A setback often moves us to a road that is even worse but leads to an even better destination. ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

From the sadness, learn something; from the happiness, learn something. From the setbacks, learn something and even from the success learn something. Never stop learning from any situation in life, for that is where the wisdom lies. ― Gift Gugu Mona

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. ― Nolan Bushnell

When you look back at your life, look forward, have no regrets and know, that through all the mistakes and setbacks you’ve experienced, God isn’t finished with you yet. ― Carniel Dunlop

When you are closer to success, don’t get upset by the tiny failures, no matter what happen, put more love, more awareness, more effort to your goal. The Sun will rise again. ― Amit Ray

Obstacles and setbacks can never deter truly passionate people from achieving their life’s purpose! ― Avijeet Das

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. ― Napoleon Hill

Every setback means you’re one step closer to seeing the dream come to pass. ― Joel Osteen

The tougher the setback, the better the comeback. ― Bernard Osei Annang

When setbacks arise – and they will from time to time – regroup, recharge, refocus and refine. ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. ― Bill Gates

This is a real setback, coming just in the moment when things were starting to go so well. ― Luciano Figueroa

A setback is often a prerequisite to your success, not a life sentence. ― Naide P Obiang

As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better. ― Steve Maraboli

Without setbacks and mistakes, no experience. Without experience, no learning. And without learning, you’ll never truly understand the awakening of your heart’s desires. ― Robbie Vorhaus

With God, the setbacks of today are the precise ingredients that He needs to craft the victories of tomorrow. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

A setback could be a surprise on the conversion charge that’s the largest issue tomorrow. ― Selwyn Jones

Sometimes setbacks are set-Up’ s. It’s not always about moving horizontally, it’s about moving vertically. ― Janna Cachola

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. ― Steve Jobs

Setbacks allow us to take a step back and look at the view from a whole. ― Brittany Burgunder

Good and Bad always co-exists… at the same time, with similar intensity and for a common purpose. ― SandyzSphere

Almost every so-called setback is an opportunity for growth, learning, self-love, wisdom and humility. ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

One of the secrets to be a success is to refuse to let temporary setbacks defeat you and put you down. ― Anurag Prakash Ray

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right. ― Henry Ford

Enduring setbacks while maintaining the ability to show others the way to go forward is a true test of leadership. ― Nitin Nohria

I think I was very naive early on, but that also meant I didn’t know what couldn’t be done. ― Matt Mickiewicz

Every setback might be the very thing that makes you carry on and fight all the harder and become much better. ― Les Paul

Give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up! Everyone makes mistakes, has setbacks and failures. You don’t come with a book on how to get it right all the time. You will fail sometimes, not because you planned to, but simply because you’re human. Failure is a part of creating a great life. Stand up to it and handle it with grace. Because, you can. ― Les Brown

The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. ― Mark Zuckerberg

This temporary setback can and must be overcome. ― Bud Perrone

Don’t be sidetracked by one setback along a path of gifts and blessings. ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ― Thomas Edison

Setbacks in trying to realize the ideal do not prove that the ideal is at fault. ― Dag Hammarskjold

Every setback is a pitstop en route to nirvana. ― Stewart Stafford

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ― Mark Twain

Within every setback or obstacle or disadvantage there is the seed of an equal or opposite or greater advantage or benefit. ― Napoleon Hill

When surrounded by the ashes of all that I once cherished, despite my best efforts I can find no room to be thankful. But standing there amidst endless ash I must remember that although the ashes surround me, God surrounds the ashes. And once that realization settles upon me, I am what I thought I could never be … I am thankful for ashes. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

When I was growing up, my dad would encourage my brother and I to fail. We would be sitting at the dinner table and he would ask, ‘So what did you guys fail at this week?’ If we didn’t have something to contribute, he would be disappointed. When I did fail at something, he’d high-five me. What I didn’t realize at the time was that he was completely reframing my definition of failure at a young age. To me, failure means not trying; failure isn’t the outcome. If I have to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘I didn’t try that because I was scared,’ that is failure. ― Sara Blakely

The setback is not enough on Mechanic Street. We have the opportunity here to make this more amenable to pedestrians. ― Louis DiMento

What breaks you down is not the amount of pressure you feel at one time, but it’s the way you perceive and handle it. ― Ashish Patel

My mother always taught me never to look back in regret but to move on to the next thing. The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me. I have fun running all the Virgin businesses–so a setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve. ― Richard Branson

Nothing is ever a setback. If anything, it just motivates you for what’s next. ― Christina Aguilera

The challenge is never based on the size of the obstacle that stands before me. Rather, it is dictated by the degree of faith that rests within me. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. ― Winston Churchill

A great champion deals with setback with a comeback. ― Donna de Varona

A child thinks and acts like a child. But when you are grown, you act and think like an adult. Too many people are still childish and immature and fail to realize it’s a setback in their lives. ― Amaka Imani Nkosazana

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. ― Biz Stone

Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead. ― Les Brown

Sorrow and strife comes to all persons. Mature people expect hardships and setbacks and patiently and determinedly work to accomplish their goals. Immature people lash out in anger and frustration when circumstances conspire to blunt their short-term objectives. ― Kilroy J. Oldster

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ― Bill Cosby

Failures and setbacks are a part of this experience, and it will remain in you as wisdom. ― Ryuho Okawa

Winners never suffer defeat, but rather just many setbacks on their way to victory. ― Orrin Woodward

It was an interesting dilemma and with all such dilemmas an opportunity might emerge. ‘How best to turn this setback into an advantage,’ he wondered silently. ― Raymond E. Feist

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got. ― Mark Twain

Setbacks are just steppingstones to great things. ― Teresa Collins

Remember that setbacks are only challenges in disguise. Look at them as lessons . . . don’t waste time beating yourself up. Just get back on track and focus on what you want. It’s up to you, and you will do it! ― Jorge Cruise

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. ― Albert Szent Gyorgui, Nobel Prize winner

In all the setbacks of your life as a believer, God is plotting for your joy. ― John Piper

Temporary failure will not prevent you from achieving lasting success. ― Matshona Dhliwayo

Disappointment is a natural part of the schedule if you plan on winning. ― Johnnie Dent Jr.

Being an entrepreneur is all about fear: fear of failing, fear of making the wrong decision, even fear of success. The difference between succeeding and failing is how you choose to confront your fears. ― Chris Savage

A setback only paves the way for a comeback. ― Evander Holyfield

We learn much by tribulation, and by adversity our hearts are made better. -Bishop Milton Wright to Orville Wright, 20 Sept. 1908” ― David McCullough

One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you. ― Jeff Bezos

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