Anyone who has ever achieved anything significant in life has experienced the unpleasant feeling of rejection.

From a young age, writer Steven King would nail his rejection letters on his wall.

He knew that it was part of the deal and he was determined not to let it stop him from achieving his dream of becoming a professional writer.

Great salespeople get rejected more than anyone else, and are able to keep going.

Great artists, musicians and writers generally have a long file of rejection letters and bad reviews, but are able to keep going.

And I suspect that if we can all remember the following every time we get rejected, we are going to be OK.

So remember, when you rejected… 

  • You’re in good company.  If people like J.K Rowling and U2 can overcome rejection, then I’m happy to join them.
  • It’s not the people who get rejected who fail, but the people who give up.
  • Every no is one step closer to yes.
  • Others may reject your idea, but you don’t have to.
  • You can get better, you can work on your craft, you can take on board feedback, just make sure that you don’t dilute your uniqueness too much to pander to the critics, no matter how well-meaning they may be.
  • Don’t take it personally, if what you have to offer isn’t for them, just find the right audience.
  • It’s better to be rejected for doing something worthwhile and following your dreams, than to never hear the word “no” because you never said “yes” to yourself.

And one final quote from Bo Bennett:

  • “A rejection is really nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.”

I hope these simple thoughts encourage you on your journey as you navigate your way through the inevitable rejections that you will receive on your way to greatness.

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