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Things I Learned

As soon as I hung up the phone, I placed my head in my hands. I had just gotten off of a phone interview and let’s just say my performance was less than stellar. This was devastating because this was a job that I really wanted. Now, normally, I would have prepared and over-prepared for a job interview, particularly one that I wanted so bad. However, I decided to forgo my normal routine of preparation and, instead, let my charm do the talking for me. If you’ve ever met me before, you’ll know that my charm can take me very far. Just kidding! Even though I AM pretty charming, the real reason I didn’t prepare for my interview was because I was far too nervous. I would start preparing but let myself get “distracted.” By “distracted” I mean trying to avoid thinking about the interview so as to not feel anxiety.

So here I was, done with the worst interview of my life with a tear running down my cheek. I blew it and I knew it.

But then I remembered the words of my Aunt Maria. Whenever I was sad over what I perceived to be a failure she would smile and say, “The only failure is failure to learn. If you learned something, you didn’t fail.”

So I took out a pen and a pad of paper and wrote down everything I learned from the “failed” interview. I learned that when I get nervous, I like to distract myself. I learned that my charm, as amazing as it is, can only get me so far. I also learned that I should probably enlist the help of a friend to help me mock interview.

These are things I would probably have never learned if I didn’t have the chance to fail. And even though it’s sad that I didn’t get this particular job, I trust that God will provide another opportunity for me. And when that time comes, I’ll be ready! Thanks to all of the things that I learned.

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever (Psalm 30:11-12, NLT)!

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About Jael Amador

Jael Amador

writes from New York, New York.

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