Eric Speir

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The Upside To Failing And How To Grow From It

We can’t choose if we fail at something or not. Sometimes we aren’t picked or we are rejected by someone. The only choice we have is where we land. I recently made that choice. I chose to fail forward.

A month ago I was rejected by a publishing company for a book I’m writing. I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t disappointed, especially after the editor spoke so highly of my writing. The rejection and feeling of failure stung for a few days. I honestly wanted to quit and give up.

I couldn’t bring myself to quit. I had to make a choice to view my situation differently. I had to look for the silver lining in this situation.

Here’s the upside to my failure:

The upside is that I have a completed book proposal that I can submit somewhere else.

I got my first rejection out of the way. Everyone fails or gets rejected sometime. Since I now know what it feels like I can keep going. It’s painful, but not enough to make me want to quit chasing my dream.

It’s my choice whether I fail forward or backwards. I can’t control how someone treats me, but I can control what side I land on.

Question: How can you fail forward in your life?

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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3 Replies

  1. Roshelle

    I’m proud of you!

  2. Great reminder! I too as an author know the pain of rejection. But it eventually became success as I learned to polish my proposal. With persistence and learning now I’ve got my first book being released soon. Really excited by what I had learned in the process of failure.

    1. Eric

      Thanks for the encouragement. It’s certainly painful, but it does get easier.

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