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I know you Zim, it would have stung, but you would have taken it in stride just like Wrei, and gone on to do something greater. That's another good point, go your best, use every talent you have, if you don't get what you're seeking, keep seeking. Like my friend Garth sings, "Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers......" The big lesson is, believe in yourself, don't blame someone else every time something doesn't fall your way, then hone every positive that you have so that the next time the deck is stacked in your favor.
Good example, I slam dunked that awards ceremony for a new client last year. They were all over me gushing with appreciation as they carried dozens of crystal plaques out that night. I literally worked night and day to make sure they had everything they needed, every absurd request was met with a smile and performance. Never in the history of that high profile award dinner had any single company garnered more honors. Their West Coast group sent that residential guy in to shoot a model, you know, I posted examples of his work a while back, turns out that they like the "Thomas Kincaid style and I was instantly out on my ear. Did that sting? Yup, from a professional and a financial standpoint, that was at least 100k walking out the door, every year. I don't blame the photographer, in this instance I don't even blame myself because I could shoot that style, it just doesn't appeal to me. I guess I could blame the client, but it's their dollars and their taste. That very evening I was blessed with a client who rigors at that style of photography, and who has more than doubled the work that vanished. Thirty two years of those kinds of experiences tends to lead you to do your very best, and Trust the rest to the Guy with the plan. Hand wringing and blaming eats up the energy it takes to win the next round.