Failure really can lead to success. Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, knows this all too well. I recently listened to a story broadcasted on the NPR network. During this segment, Jeff explained how he originally set out to be a cartoonist. He was rejected time and time again as his artwork was considered too childish.
As stated in NPR’s interview with Jeff Kinney, “I just could not draw like a professional cartoonist,” he says. “I was like, ‘I draw like a middle-schooler, right?’ And eventually this idea came to me … maybe if I act like I’m doing it on purpose, everybody will think that I was doing it on purpose, and they won’t be able to reject me … that’s where the idea of Diary of a Wimpy Kid came from.”
Just think what would have happened if Jeff would have simply accepted rejection and walked away? His book series has become a HUGE success. He has published 6 books, and a seventh is on the way. The books have been translated into 40 languages and there are 75 million copies in print worldwide.
Jeff did what so many of us have failed to do…he took difficulties and a could be failure and found a way to make it a success. He would not take” no” for an answer. Instead, he found a way to use criticism of his work and mold a masterpiece. Sometimes things don’t end up as we intend. However, if we strive to find the positive in our obstacles, success can be attained.