You can do it!

Auf dieser Seite findest Du immer wieder neue Geschichten von Niederlagen und Fehlern, aber auch von Erfolgen. Ich finde, dass beides motivieren kann, nicht aufzugeben! 


Vielleicht motiviert Dich auch das Zitat auf der rechten Seite. 


Im April erzähle ich übrigens nicht nur etwas über Little Libraries, sondern ich werde pünktlich zum World Book Day auch eine vor unserem Buchlädchen Sweet Things and Stories in Malmsheim aufstellen! 


A Failure

A success

A quote for you

Writers' mistakes


Everyone makes mistakes - great authors do, too! You'll find one in the famous book "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe: when Robinson is stranded on the Island of Despair and sees his ship going down, he strips naked (zieht sich nackt aus) and swims to the sinking ship to save some supplies (Vorräte) for himself. Defoe writes that he brings the supplies to the island by shoving them into his pockets (er stopft sie sich in die Taschen).  







A failure

Failure often brings "Schadenfreude"  - a special form of humour that can be very funny, if it's friendly. 

Honouring "Red Nose Day" this week's failure story will be a video of which Benedict Cumberbatch says it's the end of his career. Well, of course it isn't, it's just a joke promoting Red Nose Day, but it shows how funny it is to see poular people in not so impressing situations. Watch this touching and funny video.

Little Libraries


Nowadays you can find them anywhere: Shelves or former (ehemalige) phone boxes where you can get leave and take used books for free. The idea of a personal "Little Free Library" began as a small idea in a small Wisconsin city. As a tribute to his teaching mother's love of reading (zu Ehren der Leseleideschaft seiner Mutter), herson built a model of a schoolhouse, filled it with books, and put it in front of his house for neighbors to exchange used books. Following a motto of "Take a book. Leave a book," the idea was soon spread in the USA and beyond (darüber hinaus). Today, there are over 25,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and over 70 countries.

A success

On 8 February 1988, Lenny Henry went to Ethiopia and celebrated the very first Red Nose Day Telethon. Over 150 celebrities and comedians participated. The event raised 15 million British pounds sterling and attracted 30 million television viewers on BBC1.

Since then every year people have contributed (beigetragen) to this amazing show by singing, acting, doing funny sketches, organizing events, breaking records... Every year there are new ideas how to make people laugh and how to make them give money for those in need. This year Red Nose Day was on March 19th and people have raised £52,025,485. so far - and they have laughed so much!!


"There is nothing so friendly-looking as a well-worn (ziemlich abgenutzt) book." Oliver Edwards



















A quote for you

"Laughter connects you with people. It's almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you're just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy."

John Cleese

A failure

The least successful songwriter


"For twenty years Mr Geoffrey O'Neill has been writing what he calls 'good catchy tunes that people remember and whistle'. In this time he has composed 501 songs and three musicals. Not one of them has been recorded, published or performed by professionals. 

Mr O'Neill, who comes from Great Dunmow in Essex, files all his songs away in case there should be a sudden demand for them. He cheerfully reports that song number 102 is called 'Try, Try Again', while number 332 is entitled 'People Think I'm Stupid'. An oil firm employee, he gives public lectures on how unsuccessful his songs are."

Stephen Pile, The Book of Heroic Failures







file away=abheften



public lecture=öffentlicher Vortrag


A success

#SchreibDich glücklich


Have you ever heard about the "Ministerium für Glück und Wohlbefinden" in Germany? Well, it exists! And one of their succes stories is a project they initiated in 2017 for the international "Day of Happiness" on March 20th. The "Ministerium" is convinced that writing real letters makes you happy, so they asked interested people to send in their address and get another one in exchange to write to. More than 4000 people from 25 countries participated and wrote to an unknown person and many of them are still writing each other today! 






A quote for you

What next?


"Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but do do what lies clearly at hand."

Thomas Carlyle



dimly=vage, schemenhaft