It was a hectic morning but I’d finally made it to the school annex building. This was my fourth appointment in three days and my anxiety still wouldn’t let me relax. When I arrived I was asked to wait in an empty room, void of basic furniture and decor. Only a trash bin sat near the door and a whiteboard hung on one wall.
After 5 minutes or so I was called into another room, far more capacious but dimly lit. As I sat at a long table being interrogated by six strangers, I felt confident in my responses, even those that required a little improvising. Everyone sitting across the table seemed genuinely pleased to meet me and fascinated by my experience. I walked away feeling extremely optimistic and certain I’d made a great impression.
A few days later I received an email that at first sparked excitement, but then I read that one line everyone dreads: “We decided to go another direction.”
I was disappointed but couldn’t afford to let rejection hold me down. I look at every interview as preparation for a bigger opportunity better designed for my purpose.
“Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” – Maya Angelou
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