No one likes to be rejected, right?
Whether it’s for a job opportunity, a school you really wanted to attend, or a romantic interest, being rejected flat out sucks.
As a sports reporter, I’ve dealt with A TON of rejection already in my young career and at times it can be really hard to see the big picture. It’s so easy to say, “everything happens for a reason,” but believing it can be a challenge.
I was talking to one of my best friends about this the other day and thought I’d share some of the best advice I’ve received on being rejected.
Not everyone is going to like you.
…and that’s okay!! This was something I learned pretty early on in my career. There will be people that see your potential and those that don’t, but if you are confident in yourself and your abilities you will be just fine.
Be grateful for every opportunity.
A friend in the industry gave me this advice recently when I was having a bad day, and it really stuck with me. You won’t always get to cover the game you wanted to, or attend the big work conference you had prepared for, but instead of taking it personally just remember the opportunities you have received and be thankful for them.
Use it as self reflection.
I definitely think rejection can also be used as a way to improve yourself. If there is a job you didn’t get, why didn’t you get it? In this industry, and many other industries, you have to constantly improve. Every day is a new opportunity to be better than you were the day before, be more prepared, and constantly learn and challenge yourself to be the best you can be.
Use it as motivation.
Along those same lines, I think rejection can also be very motivating. If you don’t get something you wanted, that should motivate you to work even harder for the next opportunity. Work on your reel, perfect your next live hit, and keep grinding.
You are not alone.
Finally, I think it’s important to remember that everyone deals with rejection. Being rejected can make us feel so lonely and discouraged, but it happens to everyone at one point or another. It’s okay to lean on those around you and it’s okay to be vulnerable.
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