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Failure is a gift

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.


One response to “Failure is a gift”

  1. My friend Josepha said this in response to concerns about the backlash that the WordPress 6.4 release team could face when faced with a hard decision. Like most hard decisions, it was one that didn’t have any absolute right or an absolute wrong answer. But as the West Wing taught us, there are very few […]

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