Failure and dejection and the end of the tunnel
June 22, 2008 Leave a comment
J K Rowling, in a talk at Harvard, gives a very interesting view on ‘the fringe benefits of failure’ and how extreme failure can actually strengthen you because you have seen the worst and survived. Rowling does not glorify failure, or trivialize the uncertainty about when (and if) the dark phase will end. She points out, however that failure strips off the inessentials and frees a person to do what is important.
I think this is true of any setback. It could be a critical illness, it could be a loss of someone near and dear, or any stress or misery caused by external forces and disasters. Anything, in short, that causes people to suddenly examine what their identity is associated with, or shocks them out of it. Now if only I can remember that next time things go wrong!
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