Rejection, unlike failure, comes in only one flavor: the external kind. Quite simply, this is when others just don’t want to play with you. I’ve been rejected by potential hires (“I don’t want this stinkin’ job”), staff members who quit or weren’t right for their role, sales prospects (zillions of these) who wouldn’t buy what I was selling, men who didn’t want to date me, friends who decided I wasn’t cool enough, you name it. When they say “No,” I say “Next!” Remember the Rock Rejection Mantra: Some will, some won’t, so what, SOMEONE’S WAITING.
Believe it or not, somebody out there always wants what you have. Keep looking, keep asking, keep the faith, and focus on finding this person. I repeated the Rock Rejection Mantra many times when my agent was pitching my first book—which was rejected unanimously by 22 publishers. So I reshaped it into a different book, what became the final version of Rules for Renegades. (You can get your own FREE copy of my book by clicking on the title – it’s my personal recession-buster for the entrepreneurial crowd.) After SEVENTEEN more rejections I sold the book—with several editors interested. It sold once I decided, deep inside myself, that regardless of 39 rejections, this book was going to happen—even if I had to print it myself. I dropped the fear of rejection and focused on attracting a kick-ass editor, someone who really “got” what my book was about.
Like me, you’re going to experience adversity in life, and a lot of it if you take risks. (And let’s face it, successful entrepreneurs take risks.) Here’s my Top 5 to stay on track (I’ll post 5 more tomorrow!): 1) Remember, it’s all an illusion. Failure has rewards; success has dangers. Learn from both, and move on. 2) Recall the vision that got you going. Spend a day working on your dream board. Don’t do anything else, just let that dream get back on its feet. 3) Practice the Law of Attraction: think about the things that will get you back on your feet, the people who will help you get up and running, the places you can go that will take you forward. Watch the movie “The Secret” again. 4) If people tell you, “You can’t” or “That’s a lousy idea,” congratulations; that usually means you’re on to something. 5) Sometimes you have to look the part, so do it and don’t complain about it. If necessary, change your look to get the respect you deserve, as I did to build a customer base of the Fortune 1000.
Christine Comaford, Business Accelerator
CEO of Mighty Ventures, Inc.
NY Times Best Selling Author
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