“It was not about a glass half empty, half full, that she had a glass is what mattered!”

Screen Shot 2013-07-11 at 6.32.02 AMTuesday Closing Session ALA – July 02, 2013

Tuesday Session Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer might have been one of the most memorable people I heard and speak at ALA.  Grounded, honest, original, and humble are a few words that describe her.  Selfless, motivated and a open mind when it comes to success, she is a model of success to be sure.  Her quote above, as well as her n depth look into her success due to learning from failure and opportunities to give someone she underestimated are a lesson for everyone, ongoing.

If you saw/read The Help, you will remember this hysterical scene:


Her hysterical approach to situations and life is countered by the good things she does for people, including her video contest she offered up –

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book she autographed,Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 10.09.54 PM

as well as chance to talk with her, and see her, was amazing – and she continues to be an inspiration.  I loved her.  Her testimony to all things literary, and what they can lead to, is an inspiration.


About Harry Brake

Employee of Woodbridge High School, Library Media Specialist, Media crazy! :)
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