Today I want to talk to you about setbacks…
Last year I applied to San Diego Comic-Con as a professional.
For those of you that don’t know, badges for the holiest of nerd events are separated into three categories: Attendee, Press and Professional.
I had been running this site for 4 years, published a book, given geek-fitness panels to packed rooms at east coast conventions, and been hosting a comic-book news and review podcast for 3 years. I figured I was a lock.
I was wrong.
I don’t know why being declined bothered me so much, but when I opened the email letting me know I had been declined due to not having sufficient credentials a feeling of failure washed over me. It was like every setback in my life decided to traipse out of the recesses of my brain and mock me. For at least a week I felt like a total failure; that I was never going to succeed…
I felt like I was wasting my time.
Of course that is total nonsense, but it took me a bit to remember to be kind to myself and remember that with the right mindset, not only could I move on from setbacks that befall me, but that I can also turn them into opportunities for growth.
Let’s talk about how to push past whatever obstacle you’re facing and turn it into a positive, okay?