Don’t Let Failure Ever Stop You
And it’s not about to stop me.
Morning of June 13th, 2017, I found out I didn’t make the executive team for DECA at my school. You could just see me blank out completely, staring at the back of the computer screen on my teacher’s desk. For the rest of that day, I just stared into space. Never has a failed interview impact me as much as this one has. For those of you who don’t know what DECA is, it is an international business case studies competition. I’ve been involved with it my entire high school career and every single year for the past 3 years, I have walked into that interview room for a chance at an executive position for the DECA chapter at my school, yet everytime, I walk out feeling terrible. This year, I thought I finally had a chance. How wrong I was.
If you know me, you would know that I’m rather not an overly emotional person, rather calm and collected. I tried to shift my mind away from the tragedy, yet I broke into tears in front of my dad. I cannot remember the last time I cried because of something that happened to me, and this kind of hit me. It knocked my self-confidence completely out of the park and in that moment, I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to achieve anything in life.
Later that afternoon, my friend FaceTimed me and she told me this
“You are so resilient. You keep trying and always come back, and even if you didn’t make it, this will only make you stronger and even more resilient.”
I would like to thank her for telling me this at a moment of distress and self doubt. It reminded me of why I keep doing what I do, why I keep trying. It reminded me to never give up hope and believe in the potential that I have. It reminded me of all the past times that I have tried to positions, and never once have I allowed any of those to knock me down. So why should I let this?
Not making a position does not mean that you are any less than who you are. It simply means that some people missed out the amazing opportunity to work with you. I’m writing this to remind everyone else out there that in life, you win some, and you lose some. Yes, sometimes it feels like you’ve been wronged and that no one ever sees your potential in life, but your time will come.
Keep being resilient.