I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it.
I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.
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 (Harvard Commencement Speech 2008)
This last line always chokes me up.
Be humble for you are made of earth.
Be noble for you are made of stars.