When Jessica started out in college, she chose to major in film editing. Although she was already a web programming expert, she was also an award-winnning anime film editor and knew what she wanted to do. She applied for the very competitive program — and was accepted — and added a computer science minor for good measure.
After her junior year, she was one of the very few film editing majors in the country to be selected to intern at Disney Studios in Burbank, California. It was an enormous honor and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She packed up and moved to the big city.
Over the course of the summer, she learned all sorts of things. The most important thing being that she did not want to work in a large film company!
This could have been seen as a wasted summer. But it wasn't at all. Rather, it was the perfect testing ground for a future career. And it eliminated one of the primary possibilities. Once she had the corporate editing experience, she knew what she did not want to pursue. And knowing what not to pursue was a huge step in finding what she did want to pursue.
A strong tendency is to concentrate on the negative side of failure and ignore its positive contributions.
All those who succeed, will get their with failures littering the path. We can choose to despair or to use the failures to push us to the next level. What will you choose?
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