I went to my fraternity's National Convention recently, and the officer elections got me thinking about what it means to be the right person for the job. Is it the one that the most people believe in? Is it the one with the needed skill set and passion? The one with the most experience?
You can seem like the best candidate and still lose. You can want something for decades and still lose. You can be passionate, have a vision, and be backed by some strong supporters and still lose.
So then what?
Pick yourself up. Find a project, find a niche, find an opportunity, or make something up. Keep following your passion, and keep contributing to an organization you care about. Everything happens for a reason, and everything works out in the end.
Yes, it hurts when it feels like the right guy didn't get the job. But that doesn't have to be the end of his contributions.