Rejection and the Free Gift Inside (no, really)

Rejection is a Gift. Photo by Anssi Koskinen

Rejections, like packages, come in many shapes and sizes. Some rejections are wrapped in a polite decline. Others come in loud colors and a big red bow.

When you get a rejection, receive it gratefully. Don’t discard it. Instead, take it home. When you have quiet time, unwrap the rejection.

Inside you’ll find a gift.

Is the gift a warning? One Rejection Therapy player was rejected by a woman in a subway, only to see her drinking mini-vodka shots on the train minutes later. He wrote how relieved he was that she ignored him, saying “Man’s rejection is God’s protection“.

Does the rejection save you valuable resources (time, energy, money) you can reallocate more productively? Did the rejection include feedback you can use to improve your offering (your offering could be anything: yourself, your product or service).

Is it telling you to quit? That’s for you to decide. For aspiring writers, Stephen King says:

“Not after six rejection slips, certainly, nor after sixty. But after six hundred? Maybe. After six thousand? My friend, after six thousand pinks, it’s time you tried painting or computer programming.”

Perhaps this rejection is the motivation you need to prove others wrong. Rejection has a way of smoking out the unbelievers. You need people who can take you to the next level.

Whatever free gift is inside the rejection, accept it.  It’s custom made just for you. Use it to your advantage. It will be something you can build on.

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