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Failure and rejection are a part of success: Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama, speaks to welcome middle school students from the Washington area for an interactive student workshop, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.
First lady Michelle Obama, speaks to welcome middle school students from the Washington area for an interactive student workshop, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON – Michelle Obama told students invited to the White House Wednesday that failure and rejection are part of the steps toward achieving success.

“Failure is a part of that whole process,” Mrs. Obama said. “You just learn to pick yourself up. And the quicker and more resilient you become, the better you are.”

Mrs. Obama welcomed the local students as part of a music workshop with Smokey Robinson, Esperanza Spalding, MC Lyte, Trombone Shorty and Keb’ Mo’.

Mrs. Obama encouraged the students to work hard and practice their craft — whether writing or mathematics.

“It’s really important that you all experience this stuff here in this house,” she said. “You all are just as important as those dignitaries that we invite here.”

“Sometimes it takes sitting in this room to make you start dreaming about all that you can be,” she added.

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