On the benefits of failure…

Food for thought from author JK Rowling’s recent commencement speech at Harvard:

By any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless. The fears my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew

Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.

Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.

I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

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One Response to On the benefits of failure…

  1. jay says:

    “Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.”

    so true for me–including in the early years of real estate. If I had been doing more business I would have never had the time or been as aggressive in trying to go online with my business. It was out of sheer desperation that the innovation came using some software called fusion 11.0 to build a homemade website–check it out it’s pretty funny:http://theorangeline.net/ But it was a great start for clarendon condos.

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