Ouch: Dealing with Failure

Today, I had a bit of a gut-check.  One of the affiliate programs we’re trying to get going here rejected our application.  An affiliate program is typically a way for websites to earn money based on referrals to other sites.  The primary reason was due to a lack of original content, which is understandable; we’ve only been doing this for a month.  Still, it kind of sucked, but that’s OK.  Failure should be unpleasant.

Now let me be clear, this isn’t the kind of failure that causes long-term harm to a person’s life.  I didn’t mess up my or my brother’s career, permanently damage a close relationship, or lose my retirement.  I didn’t slam dunk an opportunity to get paid.  There’s a lot of reasons why that makes sense at this stage in the game.

There’s good news though.  I’m not done.  I already applied again and I’m looking for other ways to grow the site.  If it gets rejected a second time, we’ll do some more building and try again.  For me, there’s no reason not to do so.  It is my hope that, one day, this site can be a part of my career, not just a hobby.  I read an applicable quote today:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing, that’s why it’s recommended daily.” -Zig Ziglar

For me, failure is just part of learning something new.  And the cool thing I’ve found is that, adjusting after a failure when coupled with another attempt eventually leads to success.  So there you have it.

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