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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Naomi Armitage 5 months ago

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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Abe 5 months ago

hopefully u got it published in the end

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Iván Galarraga 5 months ago

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

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Abe 5 months ago

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

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incoherent screaming 5 months ago

Glad you broke up with him

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Emily Graves 5 months ago

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

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Night Owl 5 months ago

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

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Ladies and Gentlemen 5 months ago

That's outrageously weird!

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Rebekah 5 months ago

Love this. Way to use them.

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Night Owl 5 months ago

O h, that had to hurt :(

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Naomi Armitage 5 months ago

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

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Night Owl 5 months ago

Isn't that the same :D

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Night Owl 5 months ago

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

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Carol Emory 5 months ago

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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Debbie Lyn Jones (Deb) 5 months ago

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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Erin Sheppard 5 months ago

And Savage Garden makes fantastic music!!!

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Abe 5 months ago

show em what you can do

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Little letitia 5 months ago

An awesome book!

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anarkzie 5 months ago

"Read it. Didn't flip" what does this mean?

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Night Owl 5 months ago

Good point

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Nadja Lambacher 5 months ago

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

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Fiendhunter 5 months ago

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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Night Owl 5 months ago

He told the manager a good joke

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Naomi Armitage 5 months ago

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

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Patricia Ross 5 months ago

Girl, just let it go.

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Juana 5 months ago

If at first you don't succeed...

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Misterscooter 5 months ago

Perseverance is often just as important as talent.

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Abe 5 months ago

yeah boi

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Misterscooter 5 months ago

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

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Linda Riebel 4 months ago

Who's got principal spelling presence now?

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Blue Cicada 5 months ago

Ouch!

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Hope Floats 5 months ago

Who wants to work with people like that?

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Ryo Bakura 5 months ago

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

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rola 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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

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Carol Emory 5 months ago

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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Falcon 4 months ago

She is awesome. Love her! <3

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Falcon 4 months ago

I applaud your bravery.

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Fiendhunter 5 months ago

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

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