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A crisis of confidence about her career helped the writer and TV presenter, 37, understand some valuable life lessons
moved from London to the US in 2008 to film a documentary series for Channel 4. It sounded like a great opportunity, but once I was there, things started to fall apart. The programme was dropped after one series, and I also lost a writing job with a magazine back in the UK. I was broke, and because I couldn’t afford to go out much, I was spending a lot of time on my own. The combination of not working and being away from home shattered my confidence.
When you get rejected, you can decide how it affects you and, unfortunately, I chose to wallow. I should have thought, “Well that didn’t work out, but there are loads of other things I can do”. But I couldn’t get out of that negative mindset and, before I knew it, a couple of years had passed.
When you get rejected, you can decide how it affects you and, unfortunately, I chose to wallow
The turning point came when I got a call from a publisher who said she loved my writing, and would I consider doing a book? It was an amazing, unexpected vote of confidence. It gave me the burst of energy I needed in order to make some changes, and reminded me of the lucky position I was actually in.
Today, I’m glad I went through that tough period. It’s made me more resilient and now I don’t take anything for granted. I work much harder, and I appreciate opportunities and the good things that come from them. I won’t become complacent again. I’m not usually into self-help books, but I remember reading something that connected with me: “The only person capable of being you in this world is you. And you can do things that no one else can do. So just do them”.
Dawn O’Porter is the face of Rescue Plus Lozenges