What better way to kick off National Novel Writing Month 2014 (or #NaNoWriMo2014 if you’re all over it on social media) than to share this awesome talk by Markus Zusak from TEDxSydney 2014. Markus is the author of one of my favourite reads: The Book Thief and his story about failure was the first (and possibly best) talk at this year’s TEDxSydney event.
When I start hearing the voices of self-doubt (that I always hear when I start writing, especially big projects), I need to remind myself of this talk. Markus Zusak grew up in a simple Sydney suburb, not that far away from where I grew up, and after many failed versions, unused words and run-ins with doubt, he ended up writing a best-seller turned movie and experiencing unimaginable success.
Every success I’ve ever had has come wrapped in a gift-box of failure.
Here’s to failure! And getting back up. 🙂