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Wednesday Word: You Have Everything You Need to Succeed

Our Wednesday Word is a dose of inspiration from First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Hugger-in-Chief delivered the commencement to address to the graduating class at Martin Luther King Jr. Preparatory High School, verbally wrapping the students in a warm embrace with her wise words to them as they move to the next phase of their lives.

Before sharing her “lessons learned” with the graduating class, she made this statement:

I want you all to know, graduates, that with your roots in this community and your education from this school, you have everything — you hear me, everything — you need to succeed. (emphasis mine.)

Read the speech when you have time. But telling these young people–and us all–that we have what it takes to live full, productive and meaningful lives is a message well worth taking to heart.

“You have everything…you need to succeed.”

And that’s your Wednesday Word.

J.K. Rowling: Benefiting from Failure.

We end Women’s History Month with a speech by author J.K. Rowling about “failure.”

So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. –J.K. Rowling

Courtesy of Harvard Magazine

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