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.