Let’s Get Rejected

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

-Jimmy Dean

“Michael: It’s an enjoyable read but not particularly pertinent to our audience.”

It was one of the first rejections I received when I was trying to break into the online writing world.

It hurt.

But I happened to have a close friend and mentor who encouraged me to not only stand tall in the face of rejection, but actually to seek it out.

His motto (or hashtag, ‘cause we’re in the 21st century) was #LetsGetRejected.

Sound weird?

It did to me, too, at first.

And every time I now share it with someone, their face scrunches up with confusion.

Why would I want to seek out rejections?

But it’s a philosophy that has been — quite literally — life-changing for me.

When I actually started applying that principle to my life (I’d literally print out and save every rejection email I got and put them on my desk like some sort of trophy pedestal) I realized why it was such an important mindset to have.

It paved the way to my future success.

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