This reminds me of getting rejected for the first job I applied for in DC. It was the first interview I ever had with a web development agency for a fulltime position. Getting the rejection email devastated me. I was ready to accept that I was such a failure, that I would never be able to become a professional web developer.
To cheer me up my then girlfriend dragged me to go watch a hockey game and eat some chili with some of her friends. There I met a friend of a friend who two days later I was interviewing with. That night I got a job offer.
If I had taken that first job, I probably would have stopped contributing to WordPress and would never have helped run the DC WordPress Meetup. I never would have moved to AddThis which led to my current gig. So much would be different.
Moral of the story: Failure is a gift, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time.