"'Don't listen to anyone who tries to get you to shut up or change your story." They said, "Give voice to the story only you know how to tell." They said, "Sometimes telling the story is the thing that saves your life.' 

You can be a drunk, you can be a survivor of abuse, you can be an ex-con, you can be a homeless person, you can lose all your money or your job or your husband or your wife, or the worst thing of all, a child. You can even lose your marbles. You can be standing dead center in the middle of your failure and still, I'm only here to tell you, you are so beautiful. Your story deserves to be heard, because you, you rare and phenomenal misfit, you new species, are the only one in the room who can tell the story the way only you would. And I'd be listening."

Lidia Yukanavitz, on failure being an option

Source:  Matt Bruening


"Here’s the rub: in life, the time span "between waves" is far longer than in surfing. It’s a lot harder to shake off a year of wasted effort than two minutes of paddling. But I don’t think this is the major obstacle.

The biggest challenge is that most people set goals that are too modest to excite them. They aren’t willing to immediately try again because they don’t crave victory as much as surfers crave the next ride.”

Bruce Kasanoff