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How to overcome failure: top tips, quotes and motivational advice

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

Failure is a powerful motivator.Whether you've failed at a job interview, lost money or been on the brute end of a relationship going south, mistakes are crucial for us to learn, carry on and grow bigger and bolder.

In fact, many people would contend that without experiencing failure you can't really live - unless you anaesthetize yourself to the extent that you don't take any risks.

Here, famous figures from the world of business, literature, showbiz and beyond share their insights into failure. These are the people who have been dealt life's blows time and again, and simply dust themselves off to try once more.

And yet we still see them as successful; many of them credit their mistakes as being central to that success. Come feast on their words of wisdom:

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