How many times have you heard the word “No” in your lifetime? How many times have people told you that you can’t do something and you did it anyway? Just imagine you created your best seller book of all time and you just know it is going to be on Oprah’s best reader’s selection in her magazine. You are super excited about this big opportunity and the potential of your success that you can anticipate the publishers are going to love your work. When you arrive at the publisher’s office with your book they declared that your book was the worst thing they have ever read in their life and suggested for you to destroy your creation before anyone else can pass judgement upon you. Now, if you are that author what would you do? Your feelings are hurt. You are disappointed on the outcome and not sure how to pick up yourself after this unpleasant news.
My belief is how we deal with rejection is our key to our future projection. My advice is to keep progressing with your book if you believe in your work. If that publisher’s office didn’t like the book go to another publisher’s office or self-publish your book yourself. But don’t give up.
Even the best world name authors had to experience their own taste of rejection before publication. For example, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was rejected 38 times before it was published. The book Carrie by Stephen King was rejected 30 times before it was published. Likewise, with the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter was rejected so many times she decided to self-published the book herself.
My point is that rejection is always going to be all around us trying to always appear when you are trying to succeed at something. There is always going to be that person who doesn’t like you that would like to reject you. There is always going to be someone who gives you a negative response about what you are doing and try to bring you down. There is also going to be many companies that will say “No” to your ideas.
Do you quit what you trying to accomplish because you heard the word “No” too many times? The answer is “No!” This is the time you use the word back in the face of adversity and state “NO, I would not give up!”
The truth be told rejection does leave you discouraged and your feelings insulted by the struggles of trying to succeed, but what will happen if you stop believing in yourself and your creation? If you stop then ultimately your work will stop which will decrease any changes of your advancement or growth. The goal is to not be influence what others think about you work or yourself but for you to influence others with yourself and your work.
Be passionate about your creation and find the confidence to be persistent and have patience. The empowerment must come within yourself to continue to work towards triumph. Prove to yourself rejection is only steps towards where you are trying to reach. Don’t be afraid to step over each obstacle because each step is a lesson to be learned.