We love Lin-Manuel Miranda for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is his absolutely unparalleled smash Broadway hit musical, Hamilton. The musical was critically acclaimed and an enormous box office success, and it earned a Tony, a Grammy and a list of additional awards that would take the rest of this page to list.
We also love the wisdom Lin-Manuel tweets every day. So when Lin tweeted two rejection letters the other day with the introduction, “Save the rejection letters that encourage you, even if they say no. Everything is fuel.” we fell in love with him all over again. We think this is something our kids need to hear.
One of the two letters he tweeted was a rejection for funding from a certain performing arts foundation. It says in part, “We received over 150 applications this year, and competition for the individual grants was extremely keen. unfortunately, you were not selected for funding.”
There you go kids. Pay close attention.
Even Lin-Manuel Miranda got rejected, and guess what? He picked himself up, brushed himself off and wrote the smash hit, In the Heights. And many of our kids are going to hear from colleges and job interviews in the next few months so we thought they needed to hear what Lin-Manuel had to say.
Rejection can be fuel. Take it. Use it. Let it motivate and drive you in the best possible way. Keep chasing your dreams.
Who better to tell our kids that than Lin-Manuel Miranda, and we thank him for that. And his new book, Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, makes a great graduation gift for your teen.