This post is for those fell short.
Rejection is more than a fact of life. It is an enduring feature, a constant challenge, not always predictable but as sure to come about as the four seasons in my home town of Buffalo, New York.
You know when you stretch yourself that there's a chance you'll fail. But it still hurts when you don't succeed.
The Irish writer Samuel Beckett put it well: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
Consider these failures:
- Abraham Lincoln lost in his first try for the Illinois legislature, lost in his first attempt to be nominated for Congress, lost in the senatorial elections of 1854 and 1858.
- Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four years old and did not read until he was seven.
- You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."
Consider this: Michael Jordan was once cut from his high school basketball team.
Even the high and mighty know defeat.
Tomorrow: Weekly quiz