I’ve always liked that quote in the title. I’ve seen it play out in my own writing life as well as in many others. Before I wrote my first thriller, Checkmate, I wrote two light-hearted novels and collected close to 50 rejections from various agents and editors. Disheartened but determined not to “quit,” I began to research, outline and finally write Checkmate. I met an editor at a writer’s conference who said she liked my story, and after working with her on edits for close to a year (!), she gave me a contract, thus beginning a new chapter in my life — writing a series of political thrillers.
If you’ve ever suffered disappointments and thought about quitting, let me tell you about some other folks who had disappointments too, but began their own new chapters and new careers. See if you can figure out who they were:
–She was demoted from her job as a news anchor because they said, “she wasn’t fit for television.”
–He wasn’t able to speak until he was almost four years old, and his teachers said he would “never amount to much.”
–When he was 30 years old, he was left devastated and depressed after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started.
–A teacher told him he was “too stupid to learn anything” and that he should go into a field where he “might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality.”
–His fiancé died, he failed in business, had a nervous breakdown and was defeated in eight elections.
There are many more great stories of people who have “picked themselves up” after one or more failures. Their efforts are always inspiring, no matter their field of endeavor.