REJECTION: YOUR NEW FAVORITE THING

Let’s face it. If you aren’t getting rejected frequently you aren’t putting yourself out there enough.

This is an industry of rejection.

Phone calls unreturned. Emails unanswered. Meetings that don’t pan out. Jobs not gotten.

These aren’t the exceptions. They are what happens the overwhelming majority of the time.

AND THAT’S OKAY

Actually, piling up rejections is better than okay. It’s AWESOME.

It means you are trying. It means you are taking risks. It means you are putting yourself out there.

It means you are empowering yourself. It means you are being proactive about running your own life.

GO FOR LOTS OF REJECTION

I suspect, on average, I’m getting about 25 rejections per day. People not calling me back. Projects I worked hard to pursue hiring someone else. People delivering disappointing news.

And hopefully, after a week of over 100 rejections, a few things did pan out the way I wanted. (And a few more things will eventually turn out differently and even better than I could have even imagined).

THANK YOU, MR. REJECTION

You are the stepping stones on the path to succeeding.

You don’t bother me. You are just a necessary part of the process.

I actually kinda love you. You help me learn. You help me improve. You help me get where I want to be going (and to places beyond my limited imagination).

PURSUING REJECTION

Instead of avoiding rejection, rush towards it.

Pick up that phone and call a bunch of people who are likely to reject you.

Submit yourself of project after project knowing almost none will yield results.

Go to festivals, conferences, screenings and other events and put yourself out there introducing yourself to lots of people who will probably never get back to you.

MEASURE YOUR SUCCESS BY HOW MANY REJECTIONS YOU CAN ACHIEVE.

Become that person who can weather setbacks. Hell, not just weather them, but use them as fuel to push you further.

AIM FOR FIVE REJECTIONS PER DAY

Do it. Make it a major part of your life. Walk through that thing you fear the most. Take away its negative power over you.

Remember, the baseball players with the most phenomenal batting averages are missing a lot more balls than they hit.