Michael Jordan was left out of his high school basketball team, but despite his rejection he became arguably the greatest basketball player ever.
Oprah Winfrey was fired as a TV anchor at age 23 and was told that she was not a good fit for television, but despite her rejection, she went on to become one of the most watched personalities in the history of television.
Steve Jobs was fired from the company he created, but despite his rejection, he returned to Apple years later to transform it into one of the iconic brands in the world.
Walt Disney was fired from a local newspaper because his animations lacked creativity and imagination, but despite his rejection, he went on to found one of the most successful brands in entertainment that has continued to reinvent itself for multiple generations.
No-one enjoys being rejected.
So often, when we experience rejection, we are crushed by the experience and we change our aspirations, moving them down a few pegs.
We avoid placing ourselves in situations where we are vulnerable to being told, “No.”
We apply for the easy jobs, we approach the easy customers, we pick the low hanging fruit.
We play it safe.
But what if rejection gave us motivation for the future?
What if, instead of being crushed by it, it strengthened our resolve?
What if we stopped playing it safe, but stayed focused on maximising our skills and taking the necessary risks required for greatness.