In a previous post I mentioned the speech J.K. Rowling gave at the Harvard annual Alumni meeting. In her address, Rowling talks about the virtues of failure. It reminded me of a quote I heard once (I keep a little black book of quotes I find particularly insightful):

Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

Here’s my interpretation. A goal is a destination. Experience is the path that leads you to your goals. By following this path you gain experience and even if you end up not reaching your goal, there are still lessons to be learned from simply trying.


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