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Dealing with Rejection


The world is full of rejection. You get rejected for jobs, promotions, loans and credit cards. You get turned down by people you like or love, even people you don’t know. The good news is that you can survive rejection—and learn from it—so that your career or romantic life will be better next time.

Don’t take it personally

It is essential not to take rejection personally. You are rejected for a reason, and it's not because of you as a person or your abilities. Rejection happens to everyone, even the best in the business.

In many cases, rejection is lousy timing or an off-the-mark idea that needs more development before editors and publishers can accept it. Sometimes rejections come from personal experience: If you’re writing about something that happened to someone else and they have since died or moved on from the situation, chances are high that no one will want to publish their story anymore. If this situation arises, keep working on developing ideas until you find one that gets approved by an editor/publisher who thinks it's worth publishing—not everyone has all the answers!

Don’t argue or argue without emotion

When dealing with rejection, you might want to take the time to think about how you will respond. You can react to sacrifice in several ways, most of which are not helpful.

Arguing with facts, not emotions: When someone says “no” or gives you a negative response, it can be hard not to get emotional about it. The best thing you can do is try not to argue with them or make excuses for their decision (even if they don't have any good reasons). You should also avoid making judgments about why they rejected your idea or proposal; while it's tempting, try not to blame others for their decision (i.e., "It wasn't my fault!").

Don’t blame others

Blame is a waste of time, energy and space. If you want to improve your life and feel better about yourself, then it’s best to focus on what you can change rather than blaming others for your problems. What we think about ourselves is more important than what other people think about us because we have more control over our thoughts than others have over yours or mine!

Look for a positive perspective

If you are rejected, it is essential to examine the situation and look for a positive perspective.

  • Positive experiences can be built from rejection. When someone rejects your work, you can use that experience as an opportunity for growth and improvement or as leverage to get what you want in the future. The experience of being rejected should not make someone feel bad about themselves or their abilities but rather something they see as a chance at personal growth and improvement.

  • Look for the positive side of things outside yourself if possible. There are many other possible explanations for why someone might reject your work than just because they don't like it: maybe they didn't understand it; perhaps there weren't enough resources available yet; maybe another person is better suited for this job than anyone else right now, etcetera... It's always better, when possible if we find some way within ourselves because then we don't have to rely on luck or external factors (which could change), which may not always be favourable.

Build on rejection experiences

When faced with rejection, it can be tempting to call yourself names and feel like you've failed in some way. But remember that being rejected is not necessarily a sign of failure. It's also an opportunity for growth and improvement—and here are some ways to take advantage of it:

  • Use rejections as opportunities to learn and grow. Whenever you're rejected for something, ask yourself what went wrong, then figure out how you'll do better next time (if there is one). You might learn something new about yourself or the world around you that will help improve your future job or business prospects.

  • Use rejections as resume-building tools. If someone rejects your application for a job opening but doesn't even give a reason why, ask them politely if they'd be willing to share any feedback from their internal hiring process so that it can help inform the next step in your career path (e.g., improving your skills). This is especially useful if there aren't many opportunities available right now due to market conditions or other factors beyond our control; having positive references like this could make all the difference when things start looking up again!

  • Use rejections as networking opportunities! People often say “no” because they haven't thought about something before.

Use rejection as feedback

One of the most important things you can do with rejection is to use it as feedback. Feedback is a gift that helps you improve, grow and develop your skills. It will help you be more confident in yourself, your performance, and your relationships.

When someone rejects you or gives you negative feedback about something you did wrong—an email asking for an interview or even a casual conversation about the weather—it's easy to feel hurt or angry at first. But once these emotions pass and are replaced by a desire to improve yourself (and maybe even get revenge), take advantage! This person has just given us valuable information on how we can do better next time!

Don’t be afraid of being rejected

Rejection is a part of life. You must learn how to accept rejection and use it to your advantage.

Rejection can make you stronger, better, and smarter. Denial can help you grow as an individual and become a better person overall.

View rejection as a beginning, not an ending

Rejection is a beginning, not an end.

To get what you want, you must put yourself out there and face the possibility of rejection. You can always try again in another way or situation. Regardless of how it turns out, you learn something from experience—a lesson that can guide your future efforts toward success. The more you fail without giving up, the closer you are to succeeding!

Rejection is part of life. Learn from it and move on

The first thing to remember is that rejection is just a part of life. All of us will experience it, and sometimes, it'll hurt. But that doesn't mean you should take it personally or become upset because someone else has denied your request. Instead, look for a positive perspective: the fact that you were rejected means the other person had enough good sense about them to know what was good for their business and what wasn't!

If you've been rejected in the past but are still having trouble dealing with it, here are some tips for moving on from this kind of experience:

  • Don't argue or argue without emotion—if someone rejects your idea (or anything else), go ahead and be mad; let yourself feel whatever feelings come up. Just don't try to justify why they should have done what did not happen or how they were wrong to make their decision (because they weren't).

  • Don't blame others—when someone says no to an idea we have, put forward or disagrees with our position on something related matters such as choosing who should get promoted at work or determining how much revenue needs to be produced each month by employees at different levels within company hierarchy structure.


The truth is that there are many reasons why you may be rejected, and most of them have nothing to do with you. You can’t control the rejection process, so it’s better not to dwell on what could have been and move on. If you are rejected, remind yourself that it doesn’t matter because there will be the next time. Remember what we discussed earlier: rejection isn’t always bad news! It can be an opportunity for improvement. So, take this as a chance to learn something new about yourself or your skills.

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