14 Sep Fear Of Rejection

It’s testing when someone else makes you feel like you’re not good enough. Rejection is such a harsh word. Especially when you’ve been working towards something, built up that courage and completely put yourself out there, just to hear ‘no’. That definitely burns; maybe even feels like a kick in the ribs, making us feel quite vulnerable and low.

But here are some famous rejections that might make you look at things a bit differently.

  • Take the modern classic, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Plenty of publishers, including the big names like Penguin and HarperCollins rejected it. J.K. Rowling finally decided to try a small London firm called Bloomsbury, who accepted only after the CEO’s eight-year-old daughter read the book and declared it a winner.
  • “We went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.’” –Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on an attempt to get H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer.
  • ‘Go work on your school project and come back once you grow up.’ – Yahoo’s reply to Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page when they asked for a merger in 1998

Let’s be perfectly honest, sometimes rejection tells us that maybe we aren’t doing the right thing. Perhaps we need to go back to the drawing board and make improvements or maybe we should consider trying something else all together.

However that’s your decision. If you really believe in something and can convince other people to believe too, persistence pays. Rejection doesn’t have to mark the end.


Written by Roselyn Xavier

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