Failure and rejection can be a miserable place. How do you carry on? How do you take pride in yourself and your work?
The famous coach John Wooden’s advice to his players gives the answer: Change the definition of success. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
That’s it. Your effort, doing the best, is what you can control. This is what you need to focus on.
Do your work. Do it well. Then “let go and let God.“ That’s all there needs to be. Recognition and rewards — those are just extra. Rejection, that’s on them, not on us.
In other words, the less attached we are to outcomes the better.
-Ryan Holiday, as culled from this post