Saturday, September 27, 2008

Failing to succeed

We don't like failure. I don't like failure. Failure is bad. Read this over at deadly viper which may give a different perspective:

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, in a speech given at Harvard recalling her days when she was a divorced, single Mom, almost homeless, and feeling like a total failure said:

“So 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 realised, 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.”

The fear of failure makes us risk adverse and we do nothing. Reminds me of a story Jesus told here.

I heard someone say once, "What would you do if you knew you could not fail?" Maybe its time to do it. You may fail but you will discover a new perspective on the other side of failure.


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