If you have a pulse, you probably think this is a dumb question. It seems obvious, doesn’t it?
Our childhoods are littered with hurtful experiences. As a five year old, I remember being ridiculed for coloring a woman’s hair purple and consecutively not being selected as a dodgeball or kickball teammate in the early rounds. Many times, I went home sad, angry and confused. We have all been there.
I still have similar experiences in life today but, like many others, regard life as one big ball of data. After years of getting picked last for teams, I realized that I was not good at team sports and, instead, I became a runner and learned how to swim. I stopped chasing things that were not me. So, rejection is:
- Valuable Information: It is ultimately data that helps you make informed decisions in your life.
- Your Brand: Your niche becomes more apparent with every rejection.
- Disappointing: Yes, it is. However, I don’t think that anyone can grow without some adversity. That disappointment is actually fertilizer.
I will end with this famous quote. If you are familiar, you are probably only can cite half of it:
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
Try not to find yourself behind a closed door.