Success is throwing yourself at failure and missing

By Richard Taylor

Success is throwing yourself at failure and missing.

— Richard Taylor


Richard Taylor, is co-founder of Wētā Workshop.

He is most well known for his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy for which he won four Academy Awards.


I wrote this quote in my notebook many years ago - I believe it came from a radio interview but I cannot find the source.

Given his interests, it seems possible that he was paraphrasing Douglas Adams, who wrote in Life, the Universe, and Everything:

“The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”

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