Next Opportunity

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill

NO = Next Opportunity: This is my great friend and mentor Rob Gilbert’s formula for transforming failure into success. I love this idea and just today I had occasion to turn to it for solace and inspiration when a major “Thanks, but no thanks” email came my way from a publishing pro who was reading my YA novel.

One minute, I was dwelling in what my wonderful friend Linda calls the “Land of Possibilities,” and the next I was skirting the edge of the Slough of Despond. Luckily, I remembered Rob’s formula and pulled out a big orange index card on which I have jotted some notes from his recent mini-course on “The Art of Successful Failure.” Just in case you, too, have hit a major roadblock, here are some of Rob’s pointers to pep you up:

The road to success goes through the towns of failure.

E+R=O: An Event + Your Response = Outcome

After you fail, how are you going to respond? What do you do right after a rejection, a strikeout? What’s your next step? Do you bounce back or splat? Do you sink or swim?

Problems can be your greatest teachers. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity.

A setback is a set up for a comeback.

Don’t get frustrated, get fascinated! Fascination beats frustration every time.

“I can’t do it” = Failure. “I can’t do it yet” = Delayed Success.

Keep on going!

Maybe we should hang these tips up on our walls where we can see them. Thanks, Rob! Check out his Success Hotline: 973.743.4690. Let’s get fascinated — and write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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