5 Ways to Make Rejection Hurt Less
Rejection sucks. There are no two ways about it. We've all been there. It can be as small as getting a negative comment at the office or getting dumped after the first date. Or as serious as not landing your dream internship or receiving nagative feedback from a project a work. But like anything in life, rejection is what you make of it. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind for when you receive an e-mail with less than joyful news.
Realize Rejection Happens to Everyone
Rejection is bound to happen. No one is perfect at everything all the time. This is not the time for comparison games. Even though all your fellow #GIRLBOSSES lives look perfect online realize that you’re playing the same facade. We all hide our insecurites, but know you're not alone in receiving a "no".
Try not to take rejection personally
Focus on the helpful advice you receive and apply it strategically to your work. However, do NOT apply it to yourself personally. Steer clear of negative thoughts like “I’m a failure”, “they don’t like me” or “I’ll never succeed at this”. Believe it or not, this could be feedback that can make all the difference down the road.
If you’re not facing rejection, you’re not shooting high enough
If you’re not receiving any rejection are you really trying hard enough? The wise Amy Poehler once said “Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready.” Per usual, our girl Amy is spot on. Some of the best opportunities in my life have come from jumping the gun, but so have some of my worst rejections. You may not be experienced enough to speak at x conference, handle x project or lead x team but you never know until you ask!
Rejection will make you stronger (really)
If you’re ready to try again even after receiving negative feedback then that means you are passionate about your goal. This is the kind of mentality that will guide you through any hardship. Give yourself a mental break after the difficult news, but try to find the perserverance to try again tomorrow. After all, diamonds require pressure.
You will succeed again
Rejection will hurt, but don’t doubt your abilities! You are a beautiful, hardworking #GIRLBOSS (we’re all about lifting women up here at CultureHype). Don’t let the fear of rejection stop you from doing what you love.
I hope this advice will help you face rejection head on and shoot for the stars! Now go seize the day ladies.
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