Updated: Jun 15, 2019
6:00 AM Wake-up
One of the several daily blog/messages that I subscribe to is called the Daily Stoic. The timing of today's message was just right.
While it is several days removed from the personal event that it applies to, I don't think I would have been quite ready to hear it before this morning.
It's not a particularly novel idea, and I'd be lying if I said that I haven't said it to myself numerous times over the past week.
The title of the e-mail: "It's OK To Struggle"
On Tuesday morning, I was informed that the Head Baseball Coach job I was a finalist for (college to remain unnamed) was offered to another candidate. It's not the first time I've interviewed for a job and been turned away, and it's probably not the last. In all honesty, deep down, I knew the job wasn't right for me. That didn't make the latest rejection any easier to swallow.
I've spent my week coping with the acceptance of my situation, and I've intentionally fought back any negative feelings. Brian Kight's "Doesn't Matter, Get Better" video keeps replaying in my head.
Even though the Stoic message today simply affirms what I already know, it still makes me feel better.
The message in summary:
Failure is not a negative thing. Research suggests that, overtime, the work done by those who come up just short carries "a substantially higher impact" when compared to the work done by those who slightly edge out the competition. Failure is often what we need, even if it isn't what we want. Let failure add fuel to the fire. When you are hungry for success, failure makes you hungrier.
Whatever the excuse, "It doesn't matter, get better."
Persistence is vital. Failure is an opportunity: an opportunity to prove that you have what it takes to succeed.
Wake up and prove it: every day.