On grit, rejections, and Goodreads

Grit is defined as “firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger”.

In my study of successful people, I’ve come across many factors that may result in success and failure of any one individual. As I was browsing the interwebs today, I came across this old article from March 2011 on WIRED.com about success and the nature of grit.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

The words, “nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent” is the key phrase for me. It basically tells me that being talented isn’t enough. The ability to keep moving when the night is darkest, to keep on moving when the storm rages on, to keep believing when the entire world and all empirical evidence may point against it. That is perseverance. That is not to say that you shouldn’t make adjustments or course-corrections, or take a rest every once in a while… it just means you never give up. You keep on moving. In the words of Sean Covey, you “keep hope alive”.

Yeah, the economy sucks. Believe me, I know. I got rejected from a company I really wanted to work at yesterday. After 15 days of waiting in anticipation, I got the phone call, and they told me that they’d decided to move on ahead in the process with someone else. I thanked them for their time, and for taking the time to interview me. Hung up the phone. It was not a pleasant feeling… but it is how it is. You don’t get the choose the hand that life deals you, right? You go on ahead, roll with the punches, until one day – you end up dead. Or famous. Or both.

So, since I’m essentially in between jobs, I decided to do something else. Signed up for classes from the local community college. Better than sitting idle, right? Right.

I’m not going to give up, no matter how many rejections I get. At least that’s what I tell myself. Some days are harder than others, that’s for sure though. Right now, I’m a struggling writer… but I’m going to keep working and keep moving ahead until I’m no longer struggling. That’s the dream… that’s always been the dream. I’ll die before I give up on that.

OH! Before I forget: I applied for author pages on both Goodreads and LibraryThing. So keep an eye out for future blog posts about those as well. Just FYI.

Another thing I’ve been thinking about doing: Book reviews. I’ve been thinking of writing them on my blog, and on other platforms (specifically Goodreads and LibraryThing) just for fun. So, that might be a thing in the near future.

One more thing, if you sign up for Kobo, they’ll give you a $5 credit for use towards any ebook on their store. Which basically means you could easily take $5 off of my book if you buy it from the Kobo Store!

Speaking of Books, you can get mine on iBooks now! Anyway, I’ll see ya later!

 

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