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Why You Should Run Towards Rejection

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Rejection is something that is hard to deal with, and often it can be discouraging. Yes, rejection sucks, but it’s often the beginning of your breakthrough.

Being rejected is an opportunity to build character, perseverance, and to learn.

Here are my top 4 tips on why you should run towards rejection and not away from it.

Your passion is often rejected first

The thing that you are passionate about the most is often the same thing that is going to take you to the next level in life.

Whatever your vision is, you must remember that it’s your vision.    

This is because they simply do not share the same passions as you do. I am almost positive when Colonel Sanders told people he wanted to start KFC they thought he was insane.

They probably asked him what makes his chicken recipe any better than the next? Some may have even thought that it would be a waste of money to open a restaurant solely focused on one product: chicken.

I bet those same people wished they would have jumped on the KFC bandwagon in his early days after they saw his success later on.

The point is that sometimes people just won’t understand your vision for something, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be successful.

You will get 100 “no’s” before you get one “yes”

Why do we let the word no stop us? Our children sure don’t stop asking us the same thing until they get the answer they desire.

I believe that children are the best examples of what it takes to be persistent. I can’t tell you how many times my children will ask me something over and over until they get the answer they want. 

It doesn’t happen right away but oftentimes if my kids ask me enough eventually my no will turn into a maybe, and before I know it I’ve somehow said yes

Disclaimer: My kids don’t get everything they want all the time. Of course if something is unhealthy of unsafe I will say no. Just thought I’d put this point in here for the trolls. 

Now back to the regularly scheduled program.

I love the show Shark Tank because it is an accelerated version of this concept.

If you’ve never seen the show you must be living under a rock the concept is this….

There are four investors “sharks” seeking to invest their money into someone else’s product.

Often there are certain investors that just do not understand the entrepreneurs concept so they “back out” of the deal. 

Sometimes multiple investors jump on the deal and then the entrepreneur has the opportunity to pick who they want to go with based on the offer.

I love it when the investors start backing out and there is only one investor left who sees potential in the person’s vision and offers them a deal.

The point that I am trying to make is that all it takes is for one person to say yes. You may be saying well what if everyone that I ask say’s no?  

The answer is simple: keep doing what you are doing, you will never know if you will make it if you quit. 

Rejection is a learning experience

Another thing that I love about rejection is that it is a learning experience and an opportunity to perfect your craft.

You may or may not know but I am a teacher, and we get evaluated each year on our performance. 

Last year my husband and I decided to purchase a new home. I was comfortable at the school I was at but I knew I needed to transfer.

My former school was too far of a commute and I had just had a new baby. Needless to say, I was burning my candle at both ends.

My new school was very different from my former. I had to learn my new team. I also had to figure out what the administration’s vision was for this school.

After being evaluated a few times I began to get frustrated. I felt like I wasn’t getting the scores that I knew I was capable of getting.

Instead of taking this rejection personally, I came up with a game plan. 

I started to look carefully at my evaluation’s and the feedback that I was receiving from admin. I started planning for my next evaluation. 

This time I took the feedback into consideration and added some things to my lessons that were suggested.

I also looked at the evaluation rubric. I checked the guidelines and figured out what I needed to do to the score that I wanted to get.

The point I am trying to make is that sometimes we are rejected because we have a good idea or good intentions, but there is still work to be done in that area to perfect it. 

We have to learn how to get out of our feelings when we are not given the answer or results we think we deserve.

Instead, Come up with a plan of action and get to work!

Rejection builds Perseverance

When we are rejected yet keep pushing forward we build perseverance.

Perseverance matters because it is the thing that keeps us going in spite of the ups and downs of business.

When starting a business there are going to be high points where you feel like you’re on a rocket ship flying at the speed of light. 

Then there are going to be times where you don’t feel as motivated as you once were. You may have not met your financial goals by a deadline. Maybe you decided to launch a new product and it wasn’t as successful as you hoped.

The point is no matter whether you are at a high or a low point you are going to need to keep going.

Once you stop moving, your vision dies. 

There is always going to be work to do in every point of your success journey, but you have to remember to keep going. Don’t stop if you don’t meet a goal. 

Keep looking for a way to improve. Find a new strategy that will help you become more productive. Even if that means that you have to cut something out of your schedule or say no to a project at a certain time.

Final Thoughts 

Everyone is told no at some point in their life. Don’t let a no stop you. Learn from the no, push through the no, perfect your vision after the no, and keep pushing.

~Peace & Love

A. Redd

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