“The biggest hurdle is rejection. Any business you start, be ready for it. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is the successful people do all the things the unsuccessful people don't want to do. When 10 doors are slammed in your face, go to door number 11 enthusiastically, with a smile on your face.”
~John Paul DeJoria
Even though rejection is never easy it has been a catalyst behind why I never give up on my passions. I can count on hundreds of hands the amount of times I’ve been told NO and again the same amount of times I cried from that NO. But in the end, I always picked my ass up off the ground, wiped my tears off my face and moved on. I guess growing up in a very artistic environment helped build my strong emotional coat of armor so to speak.
I remember the first time I was rejected and told NO. I was twelve years old and had tried out for cheerleading. I didn’t make the team and went home in tears, telling my mom I sucked and wasn’t good enough. Since this was the 1980’s and my mother was raised by a hard-ass, strict mother, her response to me was “You don’t suck but you need to get used to this. The world is full of rejection and the truth is this is just the beginning. But don’t stop. Keep doing what you do. One day they’ll be more yes’s than no’s.” I cried some more, refused to understand and found out very quickly how right she was. For the next twenty-five years I allowed all those no’s to break me and often immobilize me. I gave my power to them. I lost myself and my strength in them.
But now in my forties I’ve spent the past ten years turning those no’s into a reason why I work harder... smarter... more. When I hear a NO my immediate reaction is to tell myself “This is only a step to a YES.” And what happened is now I hear no more NO. The power that rejection had over me most of my life I took back. Now I’m in control. Now I have the power over NO. And in that simple change less doors closed and more doors opened.
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