Jordan Smith Reminds Us That Success Is Built on Persistence

Singer Jordan Smith found success, but not on his first try. His story of persistence and overcoming failure shows how any setback can lead to growth.

Jordan Smith Reminds Us That Success Is Built on Persistence

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Singer Jordan Smith found success, but not on his first try. His story of persistence and overcoming failure shows how any setback can lead to growth.


Sometimes a rejection can actually be an invitation. It was for Jordan Smith, winner of “The Voice,” Season 9.

“I was so nervous about it; it was one of the first times I’ve ever been nervous performing in my life,” Jordan recalls about his first time auditioning for “The Voice.” “I so strongly wanted it to work out.”

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Except after that first audition, he didn’t get the callback. Rather than getting upset and quitting, Jordan spent the next year honing his craft, working on music and growing as a person.

“Eventually, what I would look back to see was that I was being prepared that entire time. I was growing and being readied for that opportunity again,” he explains. When Jordan went back to audition a second time, he sang the same exact song—just to prove to himself that if he did get it, it was because this time, he was ready.

Is there a similar “no” or closed door that you may need to view differently? Maybe, like it was for Jordan, it’s a timing issue, instead of a talent issue. Can you shift your perspective to see it as something that can make you better instead of setting you back?

“It’s a really special thing to look back…and think of all those little moments along the way,” he explains, “that made me into a better person and opened my eyes to what could be possible.

Watch the video above to hear more of Jordan’s encouraging story.


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