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J. K. Rowling, author of the celebrated Harry Potter series, wrote that:

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” .

It would be very easy to dismiss her comment, assuming that her phenomenal imagination and writing talent led her to live a golden life. But as those of you who are familiar with her life are aware, Rowling’s story can be characterized as much by her tenacity as by her talent.  Her choice to persevere in writing – in the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles as a single parent along with many initial rejections from publishers – led to the birthing of a legacy.

So the next time you find yourself thinking that you are defined by your abilities, stop and switch tracks immediately. Focus instead on what is most important to you and what your deepest values are.   Then you can show your true colours – and share in connecting something bigger than yourself!

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