1. If I’m not failing, I’m not trying hard enough.
In writing, failure and rejection isn’t what happens when you’re doing it wrong. It’s what happens when you dare to do it at all. It’s a natural byproduct of daring choices.
As sociologist and researcher Dr. Brene Brown described, “Daring is not saying “I’m willing to risk failure.” Daring is saying “I know I will eventually fail and I’m still all in.”
I keep this in mind every time I get my writing rejected. These rejections only prove that I’m trying as hard as I possibly can to get my work noticed. Some writers suggest even making it your goal to get 100 rejections a year.
No matter how good I get as writer, I have to accept that I am going to fail occasionally. The only thing that makes failure stop is making safe, comfortable choices. If I want to build a life and career of courageous choices, failure has to tag-along too.