I’ve been rejected more times than I care to remember. At times, these rejections felt like a never ending pit of hopelessness with no promise of success on the horizon. Here’s a list of the “no’s” that came my way.
Then came university and my desire to ‘find love’. A typical and normal endeavor for many young people who are presented with the freedom that University life offers. I looked in all the wrong places and made horrible choices – ending up being rejected again and again. I went for people who quite simply were not right for me – choosing temporary comfort over long term stability.
Then I dropped out of university rather spectacularly with straight F’s and a letter saying I was not welcome back. Couple that with a raging substance abuse addiction.
The point is, all these rejections could have slowed me down. They could have halted me altogether. Could have even led to me trying to take my life again. We can get so caught up in the temporary NOs that we lose sight of the future YESs.
Today though, life is quite different. I never even dreamed at 25 I’d be so lucky to be recognized in ways that people twice my age still haven’t experienced. To be so lucky to have a girlfriend who builds me up and inspires me to dream even bigger and crazier. To be able to mentor people who now see life in a completely different way, devoid of all the negativity that often consumes us.
Yes, it will be daunting to receive rejections. To be told by some people that you are not ‘suitable’ for the job they have to offer – or that your business is not a good partner for what they are looking for, but you cannot let that tear you apart. That’s the beauty of rejection. Either you can let it tear you down, or you can realize that there is more to life than some person telling you ‘no’. All it means is that your greener pastures are ahead of you.
Bless you all.