Motivation Monday: Be Awesome

Although we are certain to fail at some things in life, what distinguishes a few of us is the fortitude to keep trying and trying again. As single parents, we especially seem to have a target on our backs with expectations for us to lose (though many surely want us to win).

This Motivation Monday, I urge you to keep moving even when things look dark. Just like babies who try to walk (fall)… try to walk (fall)… try to walk (fall)… then learn to walk AND run, when we keep pursuing/ practicing/ becoming an expert at something we initially failed at, we WILL succeed and be awesome in spite of the haters!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve failed, if you’ve been beaten. All that really matters is if you get back up and try again. Because winning is fun, but winning when nobody thought you would is just awesome. – Unknown

J.K. Rowling

One of the most famous single parents in recent history who continued to “fail” and had many people who thought she wouldn’t win… but succeeded anyway in a most awesome way! As a divorced mother of one living on welfare, she bravely put herself out there and shared her words with the world. Despite her manuscript being rejected 12 times, one publisher said yes and Rowling changed the literature world with her ideas,  and became one of the richest people in the U.K. She fought depression and became a self-made billionaire! Even as an accomplished author, she recently attempted to publish a now best-selling novel under a pseudonym and WAS STILL REJECTED… until one said yes… all it takes is one.

We can’t all expect to have a JK Rowling story, but we can sure try.

Watch her speak to Harvard graduates about the benefits of failure (21 minutes):

Rowling’s 2010 interview with Oprah (42 minutes):


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Keep moving. Don’t internalize negativity. Be awesome!

About Yolanda

Yolanda Brown, MBA is the CEO & Play Strategist of Fun Spaces, Inc, and Board Treasurer for Urban Ministries of Durham. She has been writing for over six years to inspire and empower entrepreneurs in optimizing their business and life pursuits. When not working, this recovering industrial engineer is shuffling her sons to their various activities, pursuing another half-marathon medal, and praying for the next miracle. Connect with her online to join in the fun!

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