Friday, June 30, 2006

Have You've Been Rejected? That's Great!

Rejection is not the end, it's a starting point to something greater coming in your life. But only if you realize it and look for the benefit in this life lesson.

Far too many want to roll into a ball, assume the fetal position and give up when rejection hits them. Some sadly give up and never take any risk or make any important decisions for the rest of their lives. They close up shop on their dreams and become content to just exist, instead of really living.

All because of rejection, fear and self doubt. How silly. It doesn't have to be that way at all. As a matter of fact, rejection and defeat can be one of the best things that happens to a person.

Why? It's simple really. Rejection is someone else's opinion. That's all, nothing more. And no one and I mean no one should have that much power over you. If they do, stop it right now! You were made to succeed. Rejection is foolish to even respond or react to.

The opinions of others have no hold on you. All they can do is hurt your feelings, not your success. Only you can hurt your success by giving up and quitting. Only if you listen and believe in what they say can you be stopped short of the goal.

Usually when someone's rejected it means that success is just around the corner. Just believe and persist. That's all there is to it.

Sylvester Stallone took his script to 39 movie producers and was rejected by 38 of those. The 39th said yes he'd make the movie. That movie became a phenomenon and made Sly a very rich man. That film was Rocky.

Thomas Edison tried 1,000 different experiments in creating the light bulb and finally succeeded on number 1,001. He was ridiculed and laughed at in public but Edison strove on. These are just two examples of many that show persistence in the face of rejection. Ignore the criticism, cast it aside. The only opinion that matters is the one you hold of yourself.

Decide right now that rejection has no power over you whatsoever. Learn from the rejection, take what it teaches and focus on bigger things than the opinions of others - namely your future success.

Become so obsessed with your goal that the sting of rejection cannot penetrate your mind. Think only of achievement and accomplishment, never of quitting or failure. Use the incredible power of your mind to overcome rejection and all obstacles that stand in your way.

And when you learn to do that - success will be waiting to greet you with open arms.

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Blogger MJ said...

One of the best rejections I ever got was from a personnel director who told me that although I didn't get the specific job I had interviewed for, she thought I had a lot of potential in the field--and then she told me which employers in the area would pay for me (at least partially) to go back to school while I was getting some good paraprofessional experience. I got an entry-level job with one of them (the first one I applied for, as a matter of fact) and ended up getting my master's with half my tuition paid, so... no student loans, a full-time salary, and several years' job experience coming into the field, all because of a rejection. :-)

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Blogger Brian Carson said...

That's awesome MJ! Great comment. I hope others read your story and get inspiration from it.

11:39 AM  

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