No matter what kind of career you’ve chosen, you’re going to deal with discouragement, frustration, and situations that are, shall we say, less than ideal. It could be a job interview that goes nowhere. Or a book that gets rejected…48 times and counting. Or a vicious one-star review that rattles your self-esteem and makes you question your talent, your identity, everything.
“You’re Going to Survive by Alexandra Franzen: How to survive adversity, criticism, rejection and defeat” is a new book that compiles inspiring true stories from all kinds of people―authors, chefs, lawyers, website designers, Broadway performers, personal stylists, jazz musicians, business consultants, non-profit fundraisers, and more― each describing one of the worst moments in their entire career, and how they got through it.
Her chapters are organized by theme: when you didn’t get the job you wanted, when someone rips you on the Internet, when your boss or client is disappointed, when you feel unimportant, and when you feel too tired to reach your goals. I have been through all of that and then some.
Most of the advice is something I had already figured out before reading the book. The general summary is: dust yourself off and move on. Learn from it and improve. Can disappointments be a blessing in disguise?
What I really liked, though, is the sort-of group commiseration that normalizes my negative experiences. Other people went through this! They repaired themselves the same way! It’s nice to know it’s not just me when sometimes, it sure feels like it!
Page 31 has a very interesting paragraph that sticks with me most. Interviewee Ben Wendel said he’s read about “monks in Tibet who pray for a life that includes suffering, because they know that true wisdom only comes through life’s challenges.” If that’s true, I’m a shoo-in for Mensa.
Each chapter is filled with honesty, humor, and heartfelt encouragement to help you stay motivated, keep marching, and never give up―even when things feel incredibly tough. No matter what’s going on in your career or life right now, this isn’t the end of your story. You’re going to survive.
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