I've been rejected so many times I’ve lost count.
Here’s a photo of some of the rejection letters I’ve received in the past few years.
This doesn’t include the many emails and messages that said “no.”
This stack is how I know I'm making progress.
If you want to get published, you’re going to get rejected.
If you want to get hired to speak, you’re going to get rejected.
If you want to find success, you’re going to get rejected.
Here’s the thing: being good enough is only “table stakes.” That means that being talented enough to do the job only gets you through the door. After that, it’s luck – and the only way to be lucky is to beat the odds, and that means persistence.
If one in 200 submissions gets picked, I figure I need to submit at least that many to have any chance at all. So that’s what I do.
And not to brag, but that’s why I get published. And why is that not bragging? Cos you can...
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