Why did you start your blog?
What happens if you fail?
Hello and happy Tuesday! Today, I really excited about what I’m going to share. I’ve been anticipating it all week. Last week, we discussed getting personal with your blog including if you should share about your personal life, how much you share and over-sharing. We had so many great responses and I loved it. Thank you so much for sharing all your stories and opinions. For this wonderful Tuesday, I thought I was share a story with you and practice what I preach about being personal.
This story is about a man who had a dream. One of the things I love most about the blogging world is that it is full of dreamers. Most bloggers write because they are passionate and love what they do. This man is no different. He had a dream of being a Physical Therapist. However, success never looks like we want it to and the reality of our dreams can be harsh.
I hope you read and enjoy this story. Let it inspire you to never, never give up on the reason why you blog, the reason why you started your company, your dream.
This story is also very personal, but I don’t mind sharing it, especially if it can inspire one person. This story is about my hero – my husband, Seth.
One of the first conversations we had was about his desire to become a physical therapist. For many reasons, but one of course I loved, was his desire and passion to help people. As I got to know him, I became aware that he would make a wonderful physical therapist.
We Met in College
He was a science major and I was a social work major. However, we went to a private college that wasn’t known for the science program. To become a physical therapist now-a-days, you have to have your doctorate. What is really cool is that it is only 3 more years on top your undergraduate degree.
But like I said, our college was a private college and not known at the time for their science program. During my soon-to-be husband’s senior year, he randomly applied to one Doctorate of Physical Therapy program – Wayne State in Detroit University. That program denied him because he wasn’t yet finished with his undergraduate degree.
We were engaged May of 2009 on the Monday before graduation. We were so full of dreams. That fall he applied to 6 schools. These applications were for the fall of 2010. That next spring all 6 rejection letters came back. They all said about the same thing.
You meet the qualifications for our program but due to the competitive pool, we are unable to offer you a position.”
To say we were devastated would be an understatement. Thankfully my husband’s boss was good friends with one of the professors at University of Michigan’s DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) program. This professor told him that he needed to bring up his grades and get more volunteer experience to become competitive.
So that is exactly what he did.
These applications would have put him starting the doctorate program in the fall of 2011. However, even though he was retaking classes, this pool of applications wouldn’t include his new grades. It did, however, include all the volunteering he had done that summer. We were hopeful and he sent out 10 applications.
This time we read,
While you meet the requirements of the program, over 1,000 applications came in and due to the competitive pool of applicants we are unable to offer you 1 of the 35 available positions in the program.” (emphases mine)
Ok, not every program had 1,000 applicants, but some did. Again, we were devastated. Especially because of all the extra work and money we were putting into it. We felt like we couldn’t start out lives until he had been accepted into school.
We may not have felt like we could start our lives until grad school, but we did anyway. I became pregnant in the spring of 2011. We decided to extend our search for grad school even further to 12 schools. That winter right before Christmas, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. We didn’t know if he would get into grad school, but again we were hopeful and now there were 3 of us.
Winter of 2012
8 rejections letters, we stood in the kitchen while our little lady was asleep, thinking of another year of applications and retaking even more classes. After a long talk we decided that we wouldn’t give up and we would invest what needed to be invested and do what needed to be done.
The next week, on February 3, 2012, we were sitting in the car when Seth received an email on his phone. He laughed out loud and quickly got my attention. Then, he read the email out loud:
On behalf of the entire PT department at UM-Flint I wanted to offer you congratulations on your acceptance to the DPT Program starting this August. Next week, you will receive official notification of your acceptance in the mail. At that time, you will be asked to officially respond to your acceptance.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and again, congratulations!”
Thinking of the moment now still brings tears to my eyes.
Seth now has a 3.75 grade point average in his classes, he is a class officer, has two part-time jobs, and has just accepted a position to sit on the board of directors for the community clinic that the program runs.
He became my hero because of the way he faced rejection and failure. He reacted by working harder and never gave up on his dream.
It would have been wonderful if he would have gotten in right away, but he didn’t. Success doesn’t always look the way we want it to.
Whatever your dream is, whatever sets that fire in your belly, don’t give up -no matter how many rejection letters get thrown your way.
What obstacles have you faced and overcame? I would love to read about it in the comments. Thank you and have a wonderful week.