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 –
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.