Saturday, 21 May 2011

Dry Your Eyes, Mate

Anyone out there feeling low or a little blue? 

Well, if you are, you might want to try a wonderful book called The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin ( 

This charming little book is helping me to understand some of the disappointment and unhappiness in my life and cope with it better. 

One part I've particularly enjoyed is the 'Enjoy the Fun of Failure' section in the 'March' chapter on work. In it, Gretchen recounts how her fear of failure had stood between her and success. She highlights how she had had articles rejected, ideas turned down and work criticised.

Promisingly, she shows us that failure doesn't have to be bad. Instead of losing hope, Gretchen overcame her fear of rejection and, by by doing so, created new opportunities for herself.

I've applied for several jobs now and not been able to bring home the bacon, but I know I will do some day. 'Enjoy the Fun of Failure' has taught me to see disappointment differently:
  • Every application is an opportunity, or may lead to one elsewhere
  • Every problem is a chance to test your limitations
  • Rejection is a chance to learn something new - about yourself or about someone or something else.

So I'll keep on applying until someone utters those magical words: 'You're hired!' Sometime soon, hopefully! Meanwhile, I'm off to roller-blade away my latest disappointment!

Bring on the next one!