Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now first day of Advent. Gift buying and giving is front and centre of everyone’s mind. And while you are making your lists and checking them twice, spare a thought that sometimes “failure” is a “gift” itself. As Stacey Kramer so eloquently describes in her TED talk “
The best gift I ever survived” which recounts her own gift of adversity…

  • Imagine, if you will — a gift. I’d like for you to picture it in your mind. It’s not too big — about the size of a golf ball. So envision what it looks like all wrapped up. But before I show you what’s inside, I will tell you, it’s going to do incredible things for you. It will bring all of your family together. You will feel loved and appreciated like never before and reconnect with friends and acquaintances you haven’t heard from in years. Adoration and admiration will overwhelm you. It will recalibrate what’s most important in your life.”