"Talk about your failures without apologizing."
"Blow it all catastrophically, in fact, and then start over with good cheer. This is what we all must learn to do, for this is how maps get charted-by taking wrong turns that lead to surprising passageways that open into spectacularly unexpected new worlds. So just march on. Future generations will thank you-trust me-for showing
the way, for beating brave new footpaths out of wonky old mistakes. Fall flat on your face if you must, but please, for the sake of us all, do not stop."
I adore all three women quoted above, and often turn to their wise words when I experience a failure or rejection. I rely on their support and understanding not unlike I do a close friend's, and I often find that there is so much comfort in their advice. It takes true courage and confidence in one's own worth to name your failures and rejections, and to continue onward in spite of them.
I am so grateful for people who are willing to be brave in this way, and I am trying to make an effort to do this more myself. In being unashamed of your failures, you become free from the power they hold over you. In being willing to share your rejections, you give others permission to do the same. It's an incredible ripple effect.
If you need an extra dose of support, watch J.K. Rowling's speech at the 2008 Harvard Commencement where she talks abut the power of failure. It's fantastic!
If you need even more inspiration, check these out too:
10 Rejection Letters Sent to Famous People (Including an editor from the New Yorker that wrote to Sylvia Plath telling her that her poems didn't make sense)
16 Wildly Successful People Who Overcame Huge Obstacles to Get There (I had no idea that Stephen King's first novel was rejected by publishers 30 times!)
What are your go-to quotes or speeches about failure and rejection? I'd love to add more to my collection!