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Rejected Infinity Times… Minus Two

I was rejected by infinity minus two times

I was trying to do/get something really important to me, but I was rejected by infinity minus two times

And then on the infinity minus first time, I got rejected again.

But I kept at it and on the infinity-th time, I got accepted and lived happily ever after.

One of my identical twins gave up after infinity minus one, and he didn’t get accepted.

Another of my identical twins is making his infinity-th attempt today.

Then there is my almost identical twin. Early in the process (I think it was after only one-tenth of infinity attempts), he decided to change what he was doing. He changed it several times.

And if I had changed what I was doing in exactly that same way, all of us identical twins would have succeeded.

And if your order before midnight, my smarter will sell you his secret for creating businesses to sell generic secrets.

I think we do people a disservice when we give out generic advice or hold ourselves out as a model to following. After a lot of failed attempts, some people are best served by being encouraged to keep at. Others are better served by being encouraged to change what they doing.

Knowing which is which – is difficult. It requires time and attention. And listening.

My smarter brother knows that, but listening doesn’t scale well in the advice business. And blog posts acknowledging the complexities and subtleties of real life don’t get as many reposts.

And we won’t talk by idiot twin who is still trying to trampoline his way to the moon.

If you are being rejected over and over and over again, consider whether it might be time to change something: tactic, strategy, tools, or even goals.

As an example in the job arena, there are many resources offering better ways. One of the companies I advise is enployable; they offer a better way.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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