Throughout the month of March I’ll be sharing some thoughts on overcoming obstacles and setbacks.  To start, here are some powerful quotes from others that you may find both inspiring and helpful in your particular situation.

1. “A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose.” – John C. Maxwell

2. “Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.” – Michael Jordan

hardshp prepares the ordinary for extraordinary web small3. “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

4. “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” – James Michener

5. “The difference between the successful and unsuccessful isn’t the absence of obstacles, but the presence of perseverance.” – Chris Widener

6. After you fail you will be one step closer to succeeding, and be wiser and more respected by those that are afraid to try. – Seth Godin

7. “Some of us get to learn from other people’s mistakes and the rest of us have to be the other people.” – Zig Ziglar

8. “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. All that matters is that you get it right once.” – Mark Cuban

9. “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” – Roger Crawfordmichael jordan why i succeed layup format web small

10. “A man can get discouraged many times, but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.” – John Burroughs

11. “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You trust the Conductor.” – Corrie Ten Boom

12. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

13. “The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.” – Morris Mandel

14. “You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.” -  Edwin Louis Cole

15. “Failure is delay, not defeat.  It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.” – Denis Waitley

16. “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa

17. “Silver is purified in fire and so are we.  It is in the most trying times that our real character is shaped and revealed.” – Helen Keller

winners fail but never give up web small18. “If our team doesn’t face enough adversity early on in a season, I create it. Nothing builds a team like adversity.” – Mike Tomlin

19. “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

20. “Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.” - Roy Smoothe

21. “I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost over 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

22. “If we had no winter, spring wouldn’t be so pleasant: if we didn’t taste adversity, prosperity wouldn’t be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet

23. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill


What is your favorite setback quote from this list?  Do you have a different quote that holds special significance for you?  If so, please comment below and tell us!


Dale Marcouillier founded Integress Solutions in 2011 out of a desire to share basic success principles with others.  You can email Dale directly at