In her TED talk on how she read a book from every country in the world over the course of a year, Ann Morgan said something that struck a chord with me, that what had started as a weakness – the fact that she’d only read books written in English and pretty much ignored the rest of the world’s literature – turned out to be a strength. She was upfront about her lack of knowledge right from the start and asked for help. In the process, she met readers and writers from all over the world, who were keen to share their reading/writing with her. In a world where weaknesses of any sorts are a source of shame, where the emphasis is on results rather than on the process, Ann Morgan’s openness is both refreshing and comforting.

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