Failing Forward

Failure_Doesnt_Mean

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Failure doesn’t mean you’re a failure, it does mean you haven’t succeeded yet.
Failure doesn’t mean you haven’t accomplished something, it does mean you have learned something.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ve been a fool, it does mean you have a lot of faith.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ve been disgraced, it does mean you were willing to try.
Failure doesn’t mean you don’t have it, it does mean you have to do something in a different way.
Failure doesn’t mean you’re inferior, it does mean you’re not perfect.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ve wasted your time, it does mean you have a reason to start fresh.
Failure doesn’t mean you should give up, it does mean you should try harder.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ll never make it, it does mean it will take a little longer.
Failure doesn’t mean God has abandoned you, it does mean he has a better way.
                                                                                         —Rehana Moammadi


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Talk About Spunk…

Once again, determination, attitude, and spunk win the day. Good news is  …well, GOOD NEWS. Last month we heard about Shawana Machado, a 40-year-old woman overcoming homelessness to earn her college degree. Also, there was the story about Gac Filipaj, a 52-year-old immigrant who became a janitor when he arrived in the U.S., learned English, was accepted as a Classics student at his work place (Columbia University), and graduated from the Ivy League school, with honors no less, all while still working as a janitor.

Now we hear of Dawn Loggins, 18 years old, both homeless and a janitor at her own high school, and abandoned by her parents, but now headed to Harvard. We wish her well, of course, but this beautiful determined young woman really doesn’t need our well wishes, because she creates her own luck, and she creates it boldly.

Here’s her story told by CNN’s Martin Savidge.

Congratulations, Dawn. All the best as you set off in August to conquer Cambridge!

more about Dawn:
see Shawana’s story here.
see Gac’s story here.
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Homeless 40 Yr. Old Graduate

Congratulations, Shawna. You are what GYA is all about!