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Monday Mottoes – #79

lonely-womanOne of the greatest turn-around stories I’ve ever heard comes from one whose work I don’t exactly admire, more due to personal taste than any lack of talent. Instead of focusing on her work, I admire her as a person of courage and tenacity, a woman who was once down-and-out and yet had a dream that was bigger than herself and larger than life.

Which brings us to today’s quote concerning the Harry Potter novelist, J. K. Rowling:

“Seven years after graduating from university,frustrated-woman-writer-at-typewriter Rowling saw herself as ‘the biggest failure I knew.’ Her marriage had failed, she was jobless with a dependent child, but she described her failure as liberating:

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 to 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 area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had 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 a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.’ – J. K. Rowling, “The fringe benefits of failure”, 2008.

turn-failure-into-success-depressed-sad-lonely.turn-failure-into-sucHere stands a creative person who creatively reshaped her failure. She stopped imagining herself to be anything else than what she currently was. This allowed her to take massive action and focus on one thing.

Powerful. Most of us need to multitask our way through life. Scores of top producers shun the idea of having children, or allow nannies to raise them, just so that they may focus. Others learn to cope with juggling families, careers, mates, personal fitness, spiritual lives, elderly parents and children’s schedules with aplomb. Yet, without focus, we can be run ragged.

Rowling lent her energy to a project that was going to transform her life. She believed in it enough to give it the respect of time and attention. If we feel like a failure in the area of work or marriage, education or spirituality, it’s a wake-up call to funnel time and attention in that direction.

A turnaround happens when you choose to turn-around what you’ve been doing. Start from the foundation of acknowledging failure, then focus, do something different and give it all you’ve got. Target one or two different things today.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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