Monday, October 10, 2011

Failure vs. Success

Book Signings
On Thursday night, October 6th, I went to a book signing party at the King’s English Bookstore in Salt Lake City, Utah. The occasion was a book launch for Robison Wells’ new book, Variant.
Rob spoke at the beginning, telling everyone his story. He experienced times of struggle, times of failure and times of success. We all identify with those who work hard, fail, battle back again and finally succeed. It was nice to find someone who has given his all, fought through hard time and found triumph.
His victory was made all the sweeter because he was able to speak. Rob said that he has suffered from panic attacks and didn’t know if he’d be able to even come to the book launch. He not only came, but was able to share his story with those in attendance. (And that bookstore has small rooms and was full of people. He did great!!!)
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
- Truman Capote

I love this quote. It helps me remember that all is not lost if I don’t succeed the first time. Victory is all the sweeter if there has been a time of trial beforehand.
Share your times of trial and your times of success. We gain courage from each other.

Christy Monson’s book will be in book stores and on Amazon after the first of November, 2011. Title: Texting Through Time, a Trek with Brigham Young.


N. R. Williams said...

Hi Carolyn
That is a great quote and hooray for the guy who overcame his fear to meet with everyone on his book launch. I also suffer from panic attacks, though they have a specific group and don't seem to effect anything else. How weird is that.

I'm in the middle of hard times right now. It takes every ounce of my will to write one little thing. But, I am determined to be successful.

Janet Johnson said...

The Kings English is such a great bookstore.

I love hearing stories of when people overcome fears and triumph. Good for Rob!

Christy Monson said...

I love hearing stories of writers determined to succeed. My work for it is "driven." Sometimes I wish I wasn't this way, but I am. I have to write. There isn't a choice.