I got rejected from a job the other day.
That’s not really true. It’s more that I never got called in for a job to which I had applied. I followed up with my contact, who said the general manager was out and that things would probably be back on track within a week or two.
So I waited the week or two and … nothing.
While intellectually I knew this wasn’t because I was a loser, a little part of me believed it was. That it was somehow because I wasn’t good enough … that they didn’t want me because I was found wanting.
Beyoncé has a different perspective on things like this. It’s very simple. In fact, she says it in just six words in Self-Titled (from BEYONCÉ):
“The reality is, sometimes you lose.”
The mega-star followed that up with: “And you’re never too good to lose, you’re never too big to lose, you’re never too smart to lose. It happens.”
It just happens.
It happened to me in another way when I was 26.
At the time I was really unhappy, living in the cold and perpetually-foggy Outer Sunset district of San Francisco. Desperate to get out, I applied to two jobs at the same time: one at Teatro Zinzanni, a creative circus show, the other at Club Med.