Failure isn’t failure. Not really.
Yeah, I’m sure those words don’t make a whole lot of sense written that way, but it doesn’t make them any less true.
I’ve ‘failed’ a lot of times.
I didn’t get into a college for Musical Theater. I was too chicken to only stick with the Performance Track in college and went Education instead. I quit teaching after three years. I left two churches after working at each for a little less than two years. I’ve received many rejections for getting my books published. I’m still single with no prospects (no thank you, that’s not an invitation). Heck, I even failed 7th grade English!
That’s a lot of different things. They can all be looked upon as failure. If I let myself. But I won’t.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if those very things hadn’t happened.
Maybe I would have become a huge Broadway star, but that wasn’t the plan for me and I’m glad I didn’t end up going to school for Musical Theater.
Maybe I would have gotten into a middle or high school teaching music if I had stuck it out, but teaching taught me that I’m definitely not a fan of kids and I wouldn’t have learned it any other way. Not really.
Maybe the last church job would have taught me even more than it already had, but then I wouldn’t have had extra time with my dad before he passed away.
Maybe I did fail 7th grade English, but that doesn’t mean I’m terrible at English or at righting. Yes, I wrote that wrong on purpose. 🤪😉
I’ve gotten rejections for my writing (most recently the book under my Pen Name), but that just means I need to rework my query letter and send it to more people. JK Rowling did and look where she is!
So what’s my point?
Rejections and failures don’t mean life is over for you. They don’t mean you’re a screw-up.
What they mean is: this isn’t the right path for you RIGHT NOW.
It means that it was meant for someone else RIGHT NOW.
It means there’s a different and better plan for you even if it hurts or is hard RIGHT NOW.
You WILL make it through.
Keep pushing. Keep working. Keep trying.
It’ll pay off in the long run.
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