Mick Jagger, one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century, once famously said, "You can't always get what you want / But if you try sometime / You'll find / You get what you need." To further illustrate his point and show that the road to success is paved with failure, actors, writers and other creatives are using the hashtag #ShareYourRejections to share the times they were not good enough.

Author Saeed Jones started the initiative, saying "Sometimes I dig up old rejection letters from publishers and literary journals to remind myself that it’s just part of the process." He added the hashtag and others quickly joined him.

For example, writer and former children's laureate Malorie Blackman said that her novel, Noughts & Crosses, which deals with racial discrimination, was rejected for a literary award because "it would've shown more insight if a white author had written it". Scroll down to get your daily dose of motivation and upvote your favorites.

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ProfJoSharp Report

Naomi Armitage
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of that joke in the Rodney Dangerfield movie "Back to School" where Rodney has Kurt Vonnegut HIMSELF write a paper on Kurt Vonnegut for Rodney ('cause Rodney's mad rich), and the professor, knowing Rodney didn't write it himself, says something like "Whoever *did* write this doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut!"

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kellybarnhill Report

Abe
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

hopefully u got it published in the end

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NiaVardalos Report

Iván Galarraga
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That was a big fat rejection, followed bya a big fat success

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#4

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NoemiSculptures Report

Abe
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

shows what you can do, if you put your mind to it

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AngelaKinsey Report

Emily Graves
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She was amazing in the part either way, cant imagine anyone else doing it as well as her.

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sarahaswell Report

Night Owl
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He should at least have given a few tips what he thinks should be changed

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ghaney22 Report

Naomi Armitage
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Obviously, the rest of your class SUCKED. Good for you!

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SamJoyceBooks Report

Night Owl
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

LOL, they should all get together for a drink or something and discuss

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SarahJPurcell Report

Carol Emory
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We had a similar situation with an undergrad student that had done a rather bad job at reviewing a case study on the degradation of bones in an acidic environment in order to age biological remains. As she stood in front of the class and the professor, she proceeded to say "The guy that wrote this screwed up his data. The guy that wrote that got all of his conclusions wrong." Apparently the most important thing she should have read was the name of "the guy that wrote this." Maybe then she would have realized that he was the professor that was in the room currently grading her presentation.

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Matty_Layne Report

Debbie Lyn Jones (Deb)
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ouch.... I just go to my corner and quietly hold my stuffed lamb. Then... I write about how lonely it must be to live the life of those who rejected me and I weave a verse about their dark desperation to find ... love. Maybe scribble a few notes about how I hope the zombie apopalypse begins and ends in their offices.

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darrenhayes Report

Erin Sheppard
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And Savage Garden makes fantastic music!!!

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#17

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lomorelli Report

Abe
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

show em what you can do

#21

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jamesmooreactor Report

Nadja Lambacher
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Google is your friend. He plays Ryan Stocks in Emmerdale.

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#22

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IAMSadeSellers Report

Fiendhunter
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe he did want to focus on his career; what's the bottom line here? You being a film director doesn't mean he's not successful or enjoys his acting career, and you're certainly not better than him for getting to cast for your project.

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ChrisRiceNY Report

Naomi Armitage
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And he felt...nothing. (theater folks will get the reference).

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AlexBoniello Report

Misterscooter
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Perseverance is often just as important as talent.

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wendydheard Report

Misterscooter
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The rejections aren't fun but I hope you always liked writing during that time.

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TaylorImanJones Report

Linda Riebel
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who's got principal spelling presence now?

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#32

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CHIMPSINSOCKS Report

Anna Repp
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amanda, you are awesome! Want to see more of you on the screen!

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#33

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Owen_Handy Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Plenty of coaches/managers in sports that have never played professionally, yet still have a job.

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#34

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EliasToufexis Report

rola
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dude he skipped a shift.... unless he called off ahead of time, that was a real dick move to his coworkers.

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why not
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

all you haters, how about an excerpt from your books?

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itslizhannah Report

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abbyfuller Report

Carol Emory
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Saw another story of a guy from Compton that was rejected from Google three times until they wrote to him and asked him to re-apply. He's been working with them for several years now and has a program that helps other kids from poor impoverished areas get the training they need to become members of the tech industry.

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DreamUndeferred Report

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cmclymer Report

Fiendhunter
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What what books was that? What's the rejection here?

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