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  • Mariana Duque

yours truly, mariana

It’s hard to deal with rejection of any kind. It’s also hard to learn the lesson, and I would know because I just got rejected. Yes, my manuscript might not have been the best, or my writing was too basic or the story wasn’t that creative. But it doesn’t matter. I got a no.

But here’s the lesson: we have to learn how to deal with rejection, and learn from those nos. Yes, it’s hard, I mean, I’m still trying to process what is going to happen with my novel, but I have to pick myself back up and notice it’s just one small pebble in the middle of the road.

Perseverance, in other words, is picking yourself up when everyone doubts you, your talent, and everything you are. And in my case, it’s this no. Probably in your case it might be that job you applied for, or the masterpiece you thought would make it. But, we all have to persevere and move on, no matter how much it hurts.

The road to success is not easy. It’s not a thing you can control, because frankly, we can’t control everything in life. But we can control the way we deal with things and deal with these nos. We have to bear in mind that we fall down, it hurts horribly and self-doubts enter the picture, but even then, we have to be optimistic and look at the light at the end of the tunnel. Because there is light at the end of the tunnel, and there is success if you’re looking for it. We just have to be strong enough, we just have to be courageous enough to keep on going even if everything and everyone is against us.

So dear reader, don’t despair, don’t cry, don’t sink into a hole, and most importantly, don’t let yourself down. You are stronger, more courageous and braver than you might think, but you have to fall down sometimes to notice it. We all have to fall down to notice our real potential. We’re all human and we all have our own battles to fight and overcome every single day.

Think of rejection as a fight lost, but there’s still a long way to go for the battle to be won. So don’t despair. Take it easy and step by step. And who knows, someday we might look back and see this was a little bump in the road.

Have hope. Have faith, and always, always, believe that you can do whatever you put your mind to. It’s just a longer way to go and a longer road to travel.

yours truly,



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