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.


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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 1 month 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 1 month ago

hopefully u got it published in the end

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Iván Galarraga 1 month ago

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

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Abe 1 month ago

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

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incoherent screaming 1 month ago

Glad you broke up with him

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Night Owl 1 month ago

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

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Emily Graves 1 month ago

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

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Ladies and Gentlemen 1 month ago

That's outrageously weird!

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Rebekah 1 month ago

Love this. Way to use them.

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Night Owl 1 month ago

O h, that had to hurt :(

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