Celebrities on how they overcome failure

Emma Watson -
For actress and philanthropist Emma Watson, coping with failure is all about not letting it get in the way of moving forward and doing what you want.

Emma Watson -
In a 2011 interview with Vogue, the 'Harry Potter' star explained: "I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about."

Michael Jordan -
In 2006, former NBA star Michael Jordan featured in a Nike commercial talking about his experience of failure and how it has contributed to his success.

Michael Jordan - To quote the ad: "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games... I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

Oprah Winfrey -
TV presenter and household name Oprah Winfrey takes exception to the very existence of failure. She prefers to frame things in a different way.

Oprah Winfrey -
During her 2013 Harvard Commencement address, she told the audience boldly: "There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction."

Taylor Swift -
For Taylor Swift, it's very important to be confident and keep fighting for success. She spoke to fans on the topic during her 2013-2014 Red tour.

Taylor Swift -
To quote the 'Love Story' singer: "Fearless is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again… even though every time you’ve tried before you’ve lost."

Beyoncé -
Queen Bey sees failure as a part of life, and an important one too. She shared her wisdom in the 2013 mini-documentary '“Self-titled”: Part 2. Imperfection.'

Beyoncé -
The 'Single Ladies' singer's attitude is as follows: "The reality is, sometimes you lose... And it happens when it needs to happen. And you have to embrace those things."

Blake Lively -
In 2015, Blake Lively spoke to Vogue about the folding of her lifestyle website, Preserve. She had a very positive and healthy attitude towards the whole thing.

Blake Lively -
To quote the 'Gossip Girl' actress: "I'm going to take this hit, and the only way I can prove all the negative reactions wrong is to come back with a plan that will rock people."

Reese Witherspoon -
Actress and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon believes that failure provides an important opportunity to learn and that it help us on our way to success.

Reese Witherspoon -
In 2018, she told Marie Claire: “I definitely think failure is important. It’s a big aspect of becoming successful. If you're not failing, you’re really not learning."

Amy Poehler -
Comedian Amy Poehler is not afraid of failure, but does think that we should fail in a way that aligns with our values. In 2015, she spoke to Fast Company about her many failures.

Amy Poehler -
She added: "The question you have to ask yourself is: How do you want to fail? Do you want to fail in a way that feels like it respects your tastes and value system?”

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