Friday, April 3, 2009

Getting dumped by email...

Sarah Louise wrote a brilliant blog post correlating her interaction with Tourism Queensland to a bad relationship. One of the drawbacks she listed was that it would end by email. Last night I had the displeasure of receiving that email. They said they'd also follow up with an explanatory phone call, but I have yet to receive it. [It took a few weeks, but I did receive a call and had a very nice chat with TQ representatives.]

I've since experienced a weird combination of emotions. Devastation at being rejected for something I felt qualified for; relief at being done with such a time-consuming, stressful process; excitement at the new possibilities now available; regret at watching an exciting opportunity slip through my fingers.

To tell you the truth, I felt a bit like Eddie from the film "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" after he realizes he's lost a fortune in one hand of cards and stumbles bewildered into the street with the weight of that reality. It's a bit dramatic, but that's partly how I felt.

The negative thoughts will pass in due time, and what is left will be the excitement of new adventures and opportunities. I'm interested in everything from the film industry, to private equity, non-profit work, and world travel and cultures, and I'm eager to find the right fit in any of those areas. If you've got any ideas, please leave me a comment and let me know.

It's a big world, and I'm eager to explore it.

All the best,


Hiking with friends in Malibu, CA


  1. There will be something out there for you!!! You have a wide range of abilities and it is so exciting to me to hear your journeys!! You are living it up!!!

  2. hey man I didn't even get into the top 50 and slaved away at my video, you should be happy just for that at least. I felt like I wasted a huge chunk of time after it all.

    It seems they picked the top 16 just based on their location rather than what they viewed as being good. :(

  3. There are going to be so many new and exciting opportunities for you Steven!!! I'm glad we got to semi-sorta-meet through all of this. I think we both should have been in the Top 16 buuuuuut honestly, TQ's loss. ;)

    Maybe we'll cross paths during all the worldy explorations. Haha!

  4. Thanks for the kind thoughts, everyone! Greatly appreciated.

    Likewise, Linda. Likewise. :)

  5. Just stumbled on your site... is your original application video still up? Looking forward to your post on the "Good, bad & ugly" thoughts on TQ's handling it all.

  6. Hey, Jessica. Yes, the video is listed under "February" in the archive. Hope you enjoy it.

    I've been pondering TQ's handling of the rejection and considering the best way to relate it. I think I'll have some appropriate, conscientious thoughts to post soon.

    Best, Steven