Sunday Inspiration: “Why I succeed”

Why I succeed

With the Super Bowl coming up today, I thought this would be an appropriate quote for all of us.

Certainly no athlete can be successful without knowing how to accept and learn from failure. And it’s just as apparent that no human being can grow and find meaning and joy in life without letting failure become a friend rather than a foe.

I have failed as a writer, a partner, a parent, and a person more times than I can possibly count. And there have been times when those failures have come with great pain, paralyzing me, or even pulling me back into the immaturity of defensiveness and fear. But my eventual success in all of these areas grows out of the times I have faced my failures with honesty and used them as a springboard to a better me.

So as you watch those super players today — or perhaps you have something better to do — keep in mind the multitude of mistakes, shortcoming, boneheaded decisions, and failures that have brought them to this incredible moment of their lives. And keep in mind yours as well.


  1. Nancy Lepri on February 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Emilio, you’re awesome!

  2. Nancy Lepri on February 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Darn, spell checker….it spelled your name wrong. But I think you know I meant Emilie!!! ?

  3. Martha O'Quinn on February 6, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Thanks Emilie. As usual, right on time with your wisdom. A new Monday, a new resolve and, hopefully, new accomplishments. Love the cover for “The Swallows Nest.”

  4. Sharon Forbes on February 9, 2017 at 8:38 am

    You are a wonderful writer, you always fill me with inspiration through your great stories! ☺

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