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In many ways, you will be tempted to consider yourself a failure, but you’re NOT a failure. I believe there is a great difference between failing an exam and becoming a failure. Failing an exam is a temporary setback. It is a tragedy to be mourned. It is a source of grief, pain, and sorrow. There is no doubt about the pain you must feel getting your score back from FSBPT and be left wanting.
But it is a far greater tragedy to become a failure. In my mind, a failure is a person who gives up on their dream. A failure is a person who does not persevere through the hard times. Remember this important point: the NPTE does not define you—it refines you. If you did fail the July exam, you should give yourself a few days off to recover from the ordeal. Find a friend. Go somewhere new. Get out of the routine and push your “reset” button. Mourn your loss, but do not linger in grief. I have spoken to far too many individuals who dwell on their past and do not move on. Let me remind you of a few things that will be easy to forget:
I know this essay may sound superficial to some, but I really do care about the successes and failures of those who pass through these WordPress doors. The reason I started this website was to help. I have had my own fair share of failures along the way. I have been reprimanded by several individuals who in unkind ways let me know that what I was doing was worthless. They pressed me to quit and just give up. I admit that those comments really cut deep. But each time, I look back on the emails from students who thank me for my small contribution. They tell me that they appreciate the time, effort, and resources that go into this blog. I keep going for them.
My advice to you is to find your reason. Find your motivation.
As always, let me know what I can do for you. I would really appreciate if you emailed me on this post to let me know your story. You are awesome. Trust me, it can be so incredibly frustrating and isolating to fail the NPTE. We can help.
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