Living with a children's author isn't as easy as it looks!

There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.

Tony Robbins

Mom and I do not even believe in failure. We can’t. It would make things too difficult. When I try to learn new things like fetching (yes, I consider that “new” even though I’ve been trying to learn it for two years), Mom never says, “Forget it.” or “This is an epic fail.” She always says, “Try it again.” and “Almost.” and “Not the couch! Not the couch!! NOT THE COUCH!!! Ugh!”

Apparently, bringing the ball on the couch is not fetching, which is unfortunate because I’m really good at that.  I’ve been practicing that for two years. 

When Mom gets rejections, she does not think that is failure, either. She says, “It’s the nature of the beast.”  (*shiver* I don’t like beasts at all.)  Mom knows that authors get rejections, so she takes them in stride.

It’s not her favorite result, but it’s just a result and not the end of the world. 12x12in’12 helps Mom to keep on keeping on, so she writes more stories and different stories and doesn’t waste time being sad about rejections because writing is not sad.  It’s fun.

Fetching, on the other hand – NOT fun.

Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (19)

  1. My dog would agree with you on the fetch thing, although weirdly my cat has got it. I, on the other hand agree with your Mom.

  2. Love the J.K. Rowling quote – so true! And Cupcake, I have an idea: why don’t you teach Mom to fetch? 🙂

  3. I looove that quote!

  4. Good quotes! Our Mummy says faliure is not an option, just try again. She has been training us to come when called and lick hoomans on command. It has taken wheeks but whee are getting the hang of it. She says she is persistent. Everyone else says she is stubborn! 😉

    Nibbles, Nutty, Bingo & Buddy

  5. Tall person says that every living thing is a success because we are alive and part of a chain of life that stretches back millions of years. We are all winners. Each of us briefly carries the baton of life and should celebrate that achievement in everything we do.

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Rowling’a got to know something. She’s a gajillionaire, right? Ugh!
    Keep on keepin’ on – both of you. (as I know you will)
    Baasa’s TallPerson sounds very smart, too 🙂

  7. Great advice! Oh Cupcake love that expression on your face in the last picture…. You look like you are always thinking… 🙂

  8. Your mom has an excellent attitude! We hope you get the knack of fetching soon. 🙂

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