Een wekelijks citaat van oude en nieuwe denkers en doeners, ter inspiratie.
Deze week is het woord aan J.K. Rowling, de succesvolle schrijfster van de wereldberoemde Harry Potter-reeks. Zij gaf in juni 2008 tegenover een groep pas afgestudeerden aan Harvard een inspirerende speech (commencement address) met de titel The benefits of failure, waaruit onderstaande woorden afkomstig zijn:
‘I’m not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. 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 where I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had 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.’
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