25th June, 2019
You know how they say that failures are just stepping stones to success? And how it isn’t too late to start over? Well, I’m hardly perfect and I’ve obviously made a few mistakes along the way to get to where I am today. But who hasn’t? I doubt there’s a single person alive with a spotless track record. Not that I’ve mentioned this to a lot of people, but at the age of 18, when I sent in the manuscript to the cookie-cutter teenage novel that I had written, it was rejected. Which, now when I look back, isn’t too surprising because it sucked! But look at how much I’ve grown. I bet I can do better this time.”
We all hit a few bumps on the road along the way, maybe a few dead-ends, a few wrong turns— both metaphorically and in real life. The only difference is that we don’t have Siri or Google Maps to guide us out of our mistakes in real life; that job belongs to us, and sometimes, the people who actually care about our well-being.
Yes, mistakes and failures suck and feel like the end of the world, but I realized that they don’t have to be. I can choose to sulk over it, or I can choose to do something about it, pick myself up and move on. Of course, giving yourself some down-time is important sometimes, to get all the hurt and disappointment out of your system. But I can promise you that losing all hope and giving up isn’t the right way to deal with it.
Maybe having my first manuscript rejected what was I needed to develop my skills better so that I could go back with a better story. I knew that this wasn’t going to be easy when I chose to write professionally. The road to being a legit writer isn’t exactly easy, but Hell if I am going to let that deter me.
Learn from your mistakes and failures. Remember what Nietzsche said? ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’
Show minor setbacks who the Alpha really is.
Hey guys! I hope you liked this post. For day 25, I chose to write about a failure or a mistake that I am grateful I could get over. Let me know if you liked the post or have similar stories in the comments below. You can also contact me on Instagram. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!