You’ve worked hard on that project, giving it your all. You’ve reviewed it from top to bottom. You’ve examined every aspect of it, making sure you did things perfectly. You’ve checked it one last time to make sure you didn’t miss anything. Now you’re ready. You’re ready to present your work to that place where the experts are in your field. You’re nervous, but you know if they look at what you’ve done, they will feel the same way about your masterpiece as you do. Nervously, you gather that last bit of courage and send it to them, waiting for the opportunity of a lifetime.
Time passes, and you busy yourself to keep your mind off the results. Then you receive that letter or e-mail. You slowly stall before opening it, knowing that behind that contact could be the chance of a lifetime. Your heart flitters as you gather your nerves. You slowly and carefully open the contents. Your eyes scan the words. You read it slowly…over and over again. What you thought would be the greatest opportunity on earth ended in rejection.
You are crushed. Your hopes are dashed. You feel you invested so much time in something so important, and the receiver didn’t see the value in your piece. What do you do?
You can allow this rejection to make you bitter, or it can make you better. If an explanation came with the rejection, take what you can use and revise your work. But never, ever allow rejection to cause you to quit. Use it as a stepping-stone. Use it as a learning tool. Use it as a motivator, but never use it as an excuse to cave in or give up.
Remember, each no gets you closer to a yes. And what’s not valuable to one is valuable to another. So move on from that rejection. It’s not the end of the world, but it may be the beginning of a new idea.