Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better – Dr. Steve Maraboli

J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book, the philosopher’s stone, was rejected by 12 publishing companies.

Rejection is commonly seen as failure; something to be ashamed of. Many people avoid doing the work required because they’re fearful of rejection. Rejection can hurt a person’s ego; make you feel small and insignificant. But…

Success is not possible without rejection. I was rejected over 1000 times when I was getting my cleaning business up and running. I got to a point where I embraced rejection. Each and every rejection brought me closer to my goal.

Colonel Sanders was rejected 1009 times before finding a backer for his KFC chicken recipe.

Success is merely a numbers game. For every one hundred rejections there will inevitably be one or two positive outcome. The key is to not be deterred by the rejection you’ll face.

In order to overcome your negative perceptions of rejection, you need to detach your feelings and emotions from the outcome. Don’t take it personally. Keep your mind focused on the end goal.

Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times before it was published.

Each and every rejection is an opportunity to learn. Adjust your approach. Sharpen your image. Communicate more clearly. Believe in your product.

Through hard work and dedication, you’ll become known for what you do. Demand will increase and your service will grow. Eventually, people will start approaching you. In the end, you’ll be the one turning them down.

Steven Spielberg was rejected on three occasions by the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television.

So embrace rejection. Learn from rejection. Love rejection, and eventually rejection will love you back.

Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding – Jim Valvano

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