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Things to Think About - The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places

Things to Think About
By Pepper de Callier

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemmingway

I must admit I have never been a fan of Hemmingway, but to me, the power of this quote is inescapable. First of all, it addresses the fact that as we go through the failures and setbacks that life inevitably serves up, we are not alone—all of us have our own stories to tell. As important, is the fact that there will be an “afterwards”—a time when the event has come and gone and it’s in that afterward time that we have the hope of being a stronger person by going through whatever it was. This is a part of what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey.

Good luck on your own Hero’s Journey!

About the Author: Founder and Executive Director of Prague Leadership Institute, which was named “Best Corporate Leadership Coach Europe—2015”, by U.K. based Corporate Vision, Pepper de Callier, is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at /

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