Rejection that Motivates
In the New York Times tomorrow (Sunday, Oct. 16,) my essay will appear on the grievous wound I suffered at age sixteen when I didn't get into "brainy-teen camp," formally known as North Carolina Governor's School. At age sixty-two, I'm still irked that I didn't get to go. My story is about how that has also inspired me — an invigorating way of dealing with rejection.
Here's the link: "How Insults Spur Success."
And here are a couple of bits that got cut out:
In short, the Governor’s School was Greenwich Village; it was the Left Bank of Paris in Hemingway’s time; it was what might now be called Hogwarts. It still looms like a mini-Manhattan — or Brooklyn? — in my mind.
Though I wasn’t invited to that year’s brainy-kid discussion of one of the school’s usual texts, Best American Short Stories, I did (and I strive to say this with proper modesty) have one my stories honored in that annual volume some years later.
The piece I first submitted to the Times — to the Preoccupations column which is about personal experiences of work life — was entirely my personal story. The editor asked me to add examples from a few other people, which I did. They were astoundingly easy to find. Lots of people are still motivated to prove some naysayer wrong. dadash )
If you have such a motivating insult, do share in the comments here.
(And please forgive the jumpy fonts and type sizes. My blog dashboard seems to have motivation all its own.)
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