It’s almost impossible to go through life without experiencing some kind of failure. But, thewonderful thing about failure is that it’s entirely up to us to decide how to look at it. We can chooseto see failure as "the end of the world,". Or we can look at failure as the incredible learningexperience that it often is. Every time we fail at something, we can choose to look for the lessonwe're meant to learn. These lessons are very important; they’re how we grow, and how we keepfrom making that same mistake again. Failures stop us only if we let them.Failure can also teach us things about ourselves that we would never have learned otherwise.For instance, failure can help you discover how strong a person you are. Failing at something canhelp you discover your truest friends, or help you find unexpected motivation to succeed




It is easy to underestimate English writer James Herriot. He had such a pleasant, readable stylethat one might think that anyone could imitate it. How many times have I heard people say, “I couldwrite a book, I just haven’t the time.” Easily said. Not so easily done. James Herriot, contrary topopular opinion, did not find it easy in his early days of, as he put it, “having a go at the writinggame”. While he obviously had an abundance of natural talent, the final, polished work that he gaveto the world was the result of years of practicing, re-writing and reading. Like the majority of authors,he had to suffer many disappointments and rejections along the way, but these made him all themore determined to succeed. Everything he achieved in life was earned the hard way and his successin the literary field was no exception.