While the readers’ reaction came directly from the content of my piece, I was astonished by their hostility toward my work. Social media comments revealed the controversy I created from airing my opinion negatively. Watching the feedback pour out on Twitter made me realize how many people I had truly offended. This opened my eyes to the ignorance of closed minded persuasion and it was then that I saw the flaws in what was already published. There was no fault in my opinion per se, but rather in the words I had chosen to express it.
In order to successfully have another person value your point-of-view is to consider their perspective before stating your own; to be amiable, in lieu of inflexible. Opinions are not about right or wrong. They are about a belief one personally favors and the approach taken in persuasion of that perspective. True communication comes from mutual respect. My first mistake in writing that piece was in the approach. After seeing what major impact one small voice can make, I realized that life is full of opportunities to explore ideas in a positive way, rather than a negative way. I discovered how important it is to keep an open mind and be more positive in my approach towards winning someone’s attention.
Winston Churchill once said that “success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” The greatest of my successes are the ones that have come from lessons learned. The success of that first piece was earned in understanding that my opinion whether right, wrong or indifferent is just that— an opinion; a shout to the void, one point-of-view. I could have written a mild article which displayed my opinion as impartial and up for discussion, but if I had, I would have never endured such an eye opening experience. I truly believe that In order to be genuinely successful—failure is vital.
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