Fall down 9 times, get up 10 times

Y’all don’t know my struggle
Y’all can’t match my hustle
You can’t catch my hustle
You can’t fathom my love dude

I had recently applied to one (if not my favorite) startup, for a position I was really excited about and hoping I would land. In fact, I felt confident that I would land the gig and in no time I’d be the new ***** @ *******. I had been preparing and studying more this time around and I felt that any task or question they threw at me, I’d tackle it. Unfortunately, my lunch went from good to sour when I received this email…

Dear Alex,

We received an overwhelming response for our position and the competition is fierce. At this time we’re focusing in on some other candidates who most closely fit the position requirements and our needs.

It hit me hard and I felt empty. This was the 5th email in the last few weeks that I would not get the position (and the 2nd time within the same company). I was sad but didn’t feel any anger, I felt as if though the world was spinning and I couldn’t move. It showed that day, as many asked me what was wrong. I just brushed it off and after emailing a good friend and mentor of mine, he replied with… “Sorry to hear that brotha, don’t let it keep you down and stay hustling, something will come along… in the mean time do whatever it takes to feel on top of the world.” This email, quickly changed my mood around and I was back on the grind.

Those who know me personally, know I’ve gone through various setbacks and despite all the “no’s”, I’ve never been one to accept defeat. I take this as another blessing… “trials are just blessings in disguise.” Every time, I’ve been rejected, I dedicate myself to learn more, study more, and hustle harder. If there’s one trait I’m blesses (or born) with it’s my motivation and hustle. I truly believe that those who work for what they want, can achieve it. The reason we tend to fall short is because we give up too early.

I take this as a personal challenge to improve myself. Everyday I strive to improve and do stuff that will draw me closer to my dreams. It’s a long ride but you just have to stay true to yourself and never give up. If you’re going through some trials, don’t let that keep you down. Shake it off and get back to work. All the great ones, went through multiple failures to achieve their dreams.

Failure before success

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