I was thinking the other day. Bloggers and Social Media people (me included) do a lot of bragging.
Oh I get to go here!
Oh…I’m representing them
You see it all the time and while it’s super exciting when it happens, I don’t want you to think that I get everything that potentially comes my way. In fact, I’ve been rejected more than a few times and it’s sucked every time. It’s no fun to be told you didn’t make the cut. It’s no fun to be told you weren’t good enough.
BUT I also don’t want you to think that you should base your self worth or give up because of a few failures or rejections. So in the essence of transparency I thought I would share with you three of the biggest failures/rejections I’ve had during my time blogging. Do I feel foolish for thinking any of this should’ve come to fruition? Maybe but whatever.
Hopefully this will remind you that everyone has their ups and downs (no matter what they portray).
Is it fun to talk about these? NOPE but I feel like you deserve to read them. If you look to me for any sort of reliability, you need to see it all.
America Ninja Warrior
This is one I was REALLY bummed about. (I was bummed about all these). They show people reached out to me on twitter years ago. They wanted me to apply. I was really unsure. I hadn’t done anything like this in YEARS but I HATE letting an opportunity go by, no matter how foolish it seemed at face value. So I dug in a little bit. Did a little training and submitted a video. Foolishly I thought that since they had reached out to me, they were interested enough to put me on the show. Short answer is NO BUENO.
Then the next year came around and the same thing…they reached out to me. This time via phone call. I said “No thanks”. They asked again. They even connected me to a gym in my area that could help me train appropriately. I thought this was a GREAT sign but knowing the rejection, I decided to train with no expectations. You might have seen a difference in my writing and some of the pictures were even taken in the ANW gym. (Here, here and here). Anyway, this time I submitted the video and got a call back from a producer. We talked. Setup an interview,etc. I was feeling good. In fact, the next week they were asking me about logistics. Could I be here…etc?
Holy crap…I’m gonna make it.
Then two weeks went by…no contact. Four weeks went by…no contact. The day of the taping came and I realized…NO BUENO.
So frustrating and crushing. What the hell?! Why not me?! After I watched the taping I realized, I probably didn’t have enough of a “story line” to get behind. I haven’t overcome any significant injuries. I’ve had a good life. Nothing that makes people want to “WANT” me to make it. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. Either way, put that one in the rejection pile.
Propel Water Spokesperson
This was another that SUCKED bad! A year or so ago, they were looking for some “real” people to be the face of their brand. I made the initial cut (unsolicited) and had interviews setup with their marketing team and VPs. SUPER EXCITING. The idea of promoting health and fitness on a larger scale was so appealing to me.
I made it through interview after interview. Skype after skype. I submitted everything you could imagine. Decision day came and I aleast got a response on this one…
“We love you but think you’re more Gatorade material (they are owned by the same company)”
HUH?! WHAT? CRUSHED! I was devastated. Being me wasn’t good enough.
ME Time Workout Video
I know I know…this was a LONG shot but there was no way I wasn’t giving this a try. I had been talking to a local (awesome) production company about producing a professional but “real” workout video for me that were tailored to moms. The production company even filmed a little trailer if you will so that I could try to raise the money to produce the film. Long story short…I came up short. Yes, I could’ve done it myself but I wanted to be proud of it and doing that meant a certain standard of production. Either way, I raised more than I thought but it wasn’t enough so I dropped it.
Bummed for a third time.
And the list goes on…and on…
I think the thing that I want you to take away from this is that despite what you see on social media, we are ALL HUMAN! DUH!
Hiccups and bumps in the road (all shapes and sizes) happen to everyone. I could’ve quite after each one of these. They hurt that bad but I took the time I needed and bounced back when I was ready.
AND…I’m happy to report that today, I use these failures as fuel to keep pushing. I know more about myself now and I know more about what I want to do.