When a baby starts to walk, it’s not a smooth process. There are a lot of abrupt sit-downs and falls. Most of the time, the toddler barely hesitates before hoisting themselves up and trying again. Not a single toddler who ever learned to walk just got up one day and successfully started expertly, or even amateurishly, walking. Falling down is part of learning to walk.
The process requires a lot of persistence — and it pays off. Fortunately, it’s built into our DNA.
I remembered hearing Stephen King had faced rejection in his efforts to get his first book published. I did some digging to see who else had to struggle and persist. What I found in my research? He wasn’t alone.
Here’s what we can learn from the stories of writers who had to overcome failure on their journey to success.