I love these quotes from Albert Einstein:
"You never fail until you stop trying."
"I have not failed, I have just found 10000 ways that don't work."
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts ..."
"Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
I got another "Dear John" email today...a job I wanted and did not get. Another application, interview, and wait that did not end as I had hoped. The online list says I have applied for 24 positions in the last two years. I did not go all the way to interview with all of those applications...but still - it's a lot of apps.
Twenty three years ago I got my job with Child Welfare by starting as a volunteer, then a temp. I showed what I could do and I was eventually hired.
Currently I am a volunteer with Special Olympics Oregon. I go into their office once a week for a social media meeting. I moved one of their event websites, PlungeOregon, from one platform to another. I am working a Facebook page and Twitter page to promote the event. The response has been awesome! I am learning so much...and proving what I can do.
I am way better at showing what I can do rather than telling what I can do. My cerebral palsy, coupled with nerves, makes the interview process very daunting for me.
I think of Einstein's words. I'm not going to fail, because I'm not going to stop trying...after I shed a tear and crack a smile.