One of my favorite quotes of all time is “if you aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis, your goals aren’t ambitious enough” by Chris Dixon. I love that philosophy.
I’ve always had ambitious goals. In both my professional and personal life. Sometimes to the point of being flat out unrealistic. And when I want something, I make it happen. Being ambitious and taking action means a lot of rejection.
Getting rejected has thickened my skin. I’ve been rejected enough times to no longer be afraid or effected by it. I almost try to take pride in it lol. It means I’m pushing myself – as I should be. Trying and getting rejected is much better than not trying at all. And you can’t accomplish anything without trying.
Getting rejected is a learning opportunity. One of the best ways to learn is by doing. Sometimes it takes some trial and error to learn what’s best.
I don’t particularly like the quote “there is no knowledge that is not power” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (also from the opening screen of Mortal Kombat :). I prefer Napolean Hill’s “knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action and directed to a definite end” and Scott Britton’s “a lifetime polishing your armor is worthless if you never enter a battle.” Studying and preparation is important, but at a certain point, enough is enough and it’s time to go out and do.
Getting rejected sucks. It’s demeaning. But it’s a learning experience and it makes you stronger. If you let it immobilize you then you will continue to fail. And if you’re not getting rejected, you’re probably not pushing yourself enough.