I’m sitting at an airport getting ready to see the family. As I considered what to talk about (I’m a discovery writer at heart, so mosts of my posts are organically conceived if not written), I came across a post on FB about George Lucas and how he had to fight to get Star Wars out to the people. THAT post reminded me of a conversation I had with my sister recently.
I think if I die, and anyone cares to throw out a quote from me, I’d like it to be this:
Failure is a choice; success is an inevitability.
At any point in time, an individual is free to decide he or she no longer wants to pursue those goals. The reasons can be disappointment or a new opportunity that’s of more interest, but it is the individual who chooses to stop.
But what happens to those who decided not to give up?
Here are a few of the (perhaps a bit less known) stories of those who didn’t give up. My source for this is storypick.com, where you can find the full story here.
Brian Acton was turned down by Twitter and Facebook before he and Jan Koum built WhatsApp.
Steven Spielberg was actually rejected by USC’s School of Cinematic Arts because of his C average. He took an unpaid intern job at Universal and waited for his chance. I think it worked out.
There are more stories. I’d be interested to hear yours (if you feel you’ve arrived) or another. There are a lot I’m aware of, so I’m particularly interested in stories people may not already know, but that doesn’t preclude you from placing whatever story of inspiration you wish in the comments below. I’d love to hear them.
Why is it, in stories we demand characters who perceiver through failure, but fail to recognize the lesson that teaches us. Anything worth having is worth working for.
I’ve published two books so far. I’m not ever going to stop writing. I’ll either make it, or I won’t, but I believe I’ll succeed in time if I just keep at it. I believe the same of you.
If you choose to let go of this path, don’t choose because you’ve decided to be a failure. Instead, choose to move on to something new. If you look at it that way, you weren’t a failure, you simply found something more worth your time. But if the thing you’re after means everything, I implore you to be willing to risk everything to get it. That’s my point of view.
So strive. Fight. Work. Do so knowing it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. You will get there, so long as you keep working.
Thanks for reading,
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Good advice and insight here.
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