Overcoming failure is critical in moving forward and pursuing your greatness. But oftentimes we allow our failures to define us, forgetting that with each rejection comes a new opportunity.
I have a folder on my desktop named “Rejections.”
For some sick reason, I’ve always had this weird habit of saving every single one of my job rejections.
All of them.
Some are from when I was in college applying for my first grown-up job.
But most of them are from when I was job hunting after my startup failed.
That’s the part of entrepreneurship that most people don’t like to talk about:
Failing. And overcoming failure.
When I tried to start my own business, I fell flat on my face.
–> Monthly income: $0.
–> Life savings: Gone.
–> Pride: Completely shot.
–> A year of my mid-twenties: Gone.
As my money dwindled down to 0, I had no choice but to get a job.
Just when I thought my struggles were over, it turns out I couldn’t even do that!
Nobody would hire me.
College graduate, solid professional experience, decent people skills. But for the life of me, I could not get a job anywhere.
I had applied to just about every relevant job I could within a 100-mile radius.
Then the gloves came off, and I started applying for anything that I could.
Wells Fargo rejected me for a bank teller position 16 different times.
I got 11 other “thanks, but no thanks” emails over a very depressing two-week span.
And then I applied to mine rock at a local quarry. And I was rejected…
Sometimes things just don’t go your way. And right when you think maybe things will turn around, they don’t.
Being told you aren’t good enough to mine rock after your startup goes bust, might be about as humbling as it gets.
I could have said, “I am a failure in life.”
But I didn’t give up.
Eventually, I got a low-level hospital job that paid $11.36 an hour. I worked full time as an aid on an inpatient psychiatry unit. Basically, my job was to serve meals and make sure patients didn’t hurt/kill themselves or each other.
As I worked my hospital job, I was still plugging away at my business any chance I got. Nights, weekends, while I was at work (shhh).
I refused to quit on my business. I knew that if I did, I was going to be stuck being poor forever. Because apparently “psych ward worker” was the only job I was good for anymore.
stubbornness persistence started to pay off.
Ben and I (the other guy I run these blogs with) finally started pulling in some income from our websites.
Then, it turned into more than just some income.
It was becoming a lot.
$1k months turned into $3k months.
Then $5k months.
And this month is looking like it will be our first month making over $10,000. All from 2 little blogs.
Not bad for a guy who had no money and couldn’t get hired to mine rock or be a bank teller.
My point with is this: if you are sick of where you are at in your career, you have the power to change it.
If you want to make more money than you are making now, you can.
Don’t be afraid to fail.
We are not our failures, and our failures do not define us. So don’t be afraid to fail.
Few things in life can outlast persistence.
Ben and I are no different than you. We started our blog with zero knowledge of online business. No website experience. No coding knowledge. No writing background.
If we can find a way to make it happen, then I am convinced that you can, too.
And you can probably figure it out a lot quicker than we did.
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One of the reasons we started Breaking The One Percent was to document our successes and failures in online entrepreneurship as we went along so that our readers could learn from us.
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