• So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
  • J. K. Rowling on her rocky early career and life

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On the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope, some amazing pictures.

Shovel It Forward Campaign

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Our hand-picked selection of insightful essays that argue for a positive view of the world and of yourself.

An assortment of entertaining short fiction with a positive message. Our introductory series Johnny Brownpants was written especially for children, with short stories for adults to follow soon.

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