I think that success loses its sheen after a while and you begin to see that there’s no such thing as absolute success; that there’s always failure and there’s always disappointment and there’s always loss.
But the secret is learning from the loss and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.
They’ll be filled up.
And if you try to fill them up with ego or immediate gratification, your going to short shrift yourself and you lose the opportunity to find out what happens when you give the loss space to fill itself
From Weekend Edition, NPR News April 17, 2010
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