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Pick Yourself Up…

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I just got my ass kicked.

This guy probably did it.

Not in the physical sense, but the crowd ate it up anyway. The monster standing beside me, former WCW professional wrestler Krusher Kong (of the Colossal Kongs), was just defeated in the main event of our TV pilot episode being filmed at a civic center in deep East Texas.

We lost, but I was euphoric. The TV taping was literally 2 years in the making and tonight was the night. We were so close to getting this TV product off of the ground. The energy was good, spirits were high. It was a fairy tale ending to all of the long hours at the office, on the road, and in meetings. The real work was about to begin but we didn’t care, this part was over.

Unlike most fairy tales though, this one didn’t have a happily ever after.

Instead the economy continued to fall apart at a record pace. Budgets dried up. People lost their jobs and livelihoods. That wasn’t the only reason I’m sure, but it was the main reason. No matter what the reason though, in the end, we lost our show.

The product itself was great. The local TV affiliates wanted to the show on air, but no one could take on extra production costs at a time when most stations didn’t know if they would survive.

After almost 3 years of hard work, the closest my dream TV show would get to small screen would be when I played it on my Mac. For me, it was a heart-wrenching time. I literally gave everything I had for this dream to come to fruition, but it vanished and there was nothing I could do.

I wanted to quit everything. I don’t believe I was depressed during this time, but I do believe I was mentally exhausted.

These seem to be the hardest times to pick yourself up, but these are without a doubt, the times you need to do just that. Don’t wallow in self-pity. Stop blaming yourself for problems and mistakes. Learn from the experience and start to work on the next production, or the next idea, or the next goal. Get up!

Human beings, by design, are forward-thinking creatures. We have dreams. We have goals. We succeed. We fail.

No matter what path you’re on, remember that hard times, failures, and disappointments will come our way. We need to learn to navigate these waters with the same spirit of excitement and adventure that we have when things are going great for us.

In these rough times, when we learn to pick ourselves up, we often learn what we’re made of.


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