Surprisingly audacious reflections of a humble writer
BE LIKE BENNY SNELL
I'm a graduate of the
University of Kentucky, but I'm not much of a football fan.
Basketball fan, oh
yes. That's a different story. I'm glued to the television whenever
the Cats play basketball. Football is harder to watch. The team hasn't
had a winning record in years...and then along came Benny Snell.
Snell is like a bulldozer smashing through defenders when he carries the ball—every time
he carries the ball.
A commentator explained why Snell is so driven. Benny Snell envisioned playing for Ohio
State. Being an Ohioan, he wanted to become a hometown hero.
But his dream did not pan out. During recruiting, Snell was told that other players were faster and more talented.
In a Herald-Leader interview, Snell revealed that he got discouraged at camps. “I found myself at
camps being the best one and still guys were getting the running back MVPs and
all that, but I was the best one,” said Snell. "I knew I was. So,
from then all the way until now, getting a low ranking as a running back, me
not being productive, me being at Kentucky, I’ll forever keep this chip on my
shoulder and keep running hard.”
The doubters are the ones Snell remembers before every practice and then
during every game. That's what fuels him, gives him an
edge. He thinks of it every time he plays a game. He is determined
to be great and to give everything he's got with every single play.
“It’s something I think about
all the time, but when I’m about to go out before a game, I think about, ‘OK,
deep breath, now it’s time to go,’” he said.
Many players never make it to their dream
schools. The difference is, few use rejection the way Snell
does. Snell takes rejection
and uses it for the best.
This might be easier
said than done. But others think it's possible, too.
For instance, Brett Berhoff, contributor for the Huffington
Post believes that good things can come from rejection. He says
don't take the rejection too seriously or too personally. He makes several suggestions:
Treat rejection as a
learning experience. Think about how you can improve. What will you
Use rejection to carve
another path to your goal. Take an optimistic approach. Develop a
Transform rejection into opportunity. While rejection is associated with negativity, it can be used to generate positive action. Utilize that energy and emotion with the next opportunity.
Best-selling author and acclaimed speaker Margie Warrell is a firm believer that rejection can open other doors. Warrell says, "It is vital to
your long-term success not to let fear of future rejection keep you from
putting yourself ‘out there’ and risking more of it," she says.
"As a little-known first-time author, I must have submitted my first book
to over 30 publishers before I finally landed an international publishing
the more you put yourself
out there, the better the odds you will achieve what you want. She says that if things
don't go as planned, stay open-minded and act on the feedback. Use the
feedback to move forward.
Warrell's comments remind me of the struggles many writers face. More often than not, writers hear "I'm afraid I must pass" or "It's not a good fit for me." It can be defeating. But even the best-selling authors like Theodore Geisel, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, and J.K. Rowling were rejected. That did not stop them from getting their books published.
It takes courage for writers to continue to put their work in front of
publishers after rejection. They must channel the energy of the rejection to learn, to revise, and to submit again. And again. No matter what you are trying to achieve, you can use rejection to motivate yourself. That's what Benny Snell does. And it's working. As of the first five games (and I might add, all wins) Benny Snell has rushed for more than 1,000 yards
in consecutive seasons and has broken UK's all-time rushing record. Snell never gives up. Ever.
Remember this running back when you get a rejection. Don't quit. Fire yourself up. Be like Benny Snell. Give
your next attempt everything you've got. Rejection is like stepping stones to
your success. Don't let rejection go to waste. Use it.