So I recently applied to give a TEDx talk at USC on the Power of Breaks and interviewed for it, but ultimately didn't get it.
I spent 3 weeks preparing my outline for the talk, excited to share my ideas on a stage that so many people I've respected have performed on. Giving a TED talk has been one of my bucketlist items for years.
And that's why when I saw that rejection email, it sucked. Like a lot.
But my supporting cast kept me in perspective of my real end goal: spreading the message.
TED is just a medium in the end. It won't stop me from sharing my message. And you can bet your ass that I'll be delivering the message I want to deliver - just on a different stage :)
Where other people will say "guess I didn't make it, guess I won't deliver this idea", I'm going to keep writing, making videos, and talking to people about it. That's why I know I'm going to win - because I'm in this for the long term.
To quote Dita von Teese: “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there's still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”
You really can't predict when you're going to find people who see you for all the juiciness you contain. So you gotta keep getting more ripe 🍑 and more juicy 💦
Stay persistent everyone!