Certain things are easier for certain people than they are for others. For example, some people take tests with ease while others struggle even after studying.
Today, one of my professors was talking about the ability in each of us to crash and burn. Hit bottom. Fail. Maybe even betray ourselves.
And then she said, "It's not really the bad things happening but the way we react to them. Don't our reactions to difficulties define us as much as anything else? If you haven't gone to the bottom, how do you know how far you can bounce back?"
I've been reading some blogs about people being rejected by agents, friends, etc. I've also read a lot about resilience from these events. It's inspiring in many ways. Not because these individuals have had things come easily to them but because they haven't let those affect their trajectories.
So if anyone is hesitating on whether they should keep going---with this manuscript or that goal or a change----do it. The worst is not that it won't work out. The worst is if you prevent it from letting you become better because of it.