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.