A few weeks ago, I posted some insights from Rob Yeung’s (exceptional) book E is for Exceptional. I couldn’t resist adding one more excellent quote: “Failure is rarely final and almost never fatal.”
This terrific observation reminds me of the advice to ‘fail forward’ (coined by John C. Maxwell).
It also calls up J. K. Rowling’s remarks about the value of failure. Rowling, giving her Harvard Commencement Address (now in book form, published as Very Good Lives), told graduates: “The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.” This knowledge, she added, “is a true gift, for all that is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I’ve ever earned”.