I found this on another blog a couple of years ago. I thought it was good stuff.
I love what J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, said in a speech given at Harvard. It resonates so strongly with why we believe in being “People of the Second Chance.”
In recalling her days when she was a divorced, single Mom, almost homeless, and feeling like a total failure she says:
“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.”