Friday, September 14, 2012

Tired of rejections? Afraid of failure? Here's some wise advice from Jerry Spinelli!

The best quote I've ever found on dealing with failure is from none other than author Jerry Spinelli.

At a Highlights Foundation workshop in 2002, Jerry said: "...failure is not a pitfall or a pothole, but a stepping stone...  It is only after stepping from one stone to the next... and the next... and the next, that you look back and discover that on the stepping stones of your failures you have crossed the creek."

Here's to crossing the creek.  Maybe the next rejection or the one after that will be the stepping stone that gets you across.


  1. If failures are stepping stones across the creek of life, then I imagine that eventually, my little creek will be completely paved over - in which case it will have morphed from a creek to be crossed, into a path to be followed.

    So I say, bring on the failure! Because who doesn't love (finally) having dry feet?

    1. Very wise, Kim. And I hear you. I'm beginning to think my creek is the width of the Mississippi River!

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    1. Yes. There's always a next step. That's because we're writers and we're not giving up!

      Thanks for visiting, Kristen.

  3. What a great, inspiring quote. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Great quote, Joanne! Thanks for sharing!


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