Issue 14 | Sept. 8th, 2021 |

Reify 8&21

Welcome to your 3-minute pause. 

Let's focus on your practice of pursuing awesome.


1st time on 

a longboard.



"I don't love making mistakes—but I'm not as afraid of them as I used to be. I'm learning to trust that I can recover from  challenges or mistakes as they come along. 


So instead of focusing on avoiding mistakes, 

I can focus on going after the things I want."


- Sarah Glova, Co-Editor of Reify 8&21

(who bought her first skateboard earlier this year)


“To grow, people need to be challenged.”

—Adam Grant


Challenges as learning opportunities


"A company I worked for downsized, and my position was eliminated. This ended up being the catalyst to starting my business.


There really are silver linings if you work hard enough 

to make it so."


“I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time, but after some reflection. 

I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed.”

—Dolly Parton


Trusting our ability to learn 


"I did not have a good high school and so 

I had to remediate in college and beyond.


I wrote a PhD after I was told I was a bad writer."

- Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research


“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

—From Coraline by Neil Gaiman


Learning in spite of fear


"I was terrified of public speaking growing up, and a professional goal for me is to deliver a full TED Talk. 


I am preparing for it, and I want to see what is on the other side of that fear."


“One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don't know how to do, to keep learning.”

—Ruth Reichl, chef, writer, producer


Learning and art 


"Honestly said, I struggled with creating things 

that would please my customers. 


But I have embraced the fact that I can't 

please everyone and that creating things I love 

will last longer." 


“We will learn no matter what! Learning is as natural as rest or play. With or without books, inspiring trainers or classrooms, we will manage to learn.”

—Malcom Knowles


What's a challenge or a mistake that taught you a lot? 


How has that lesson helped you? 


Great job!

Way to take a pause and give 3 minutes to your practice of pursuing awesome with this issue's theme. You rock!


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Reify 8&21 is a digital publication 

intentionally sent on the 8th and 21st
to disrupt your status-quo 

with an encouraging reset.


Photo Credits: 


Pencils photo by Jess Bailey 

Stack of books photo by Kimberly Farmer 

Curved book wall photo by Emil Widlund 

Student holding books photo by Siora Photography