Yea, Baby! I find great pride in these two rejections. Do you know why? It means that I am actually DOING SOMETHING about what I really want to do!
Now, mind you…I have about 8 more that I am still waiting for. Rejections, that is. And that is okay. Part of growing is learning. Part of learning is being rejected. Part of being rejected means that you have PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE to be targeted.
Oh, yeah, Baby! I’m a walking target with a bullseye on my back.
If my back is my story. And my story is my back.
I have actually submitted a children’s book. And I have also submitted a portion of the chapter book I am working on for young readers. Two different parts of me that I am personally proud of—I have sent in to other people to dissect and have the option of rejecting.
Two have wholeheartedly agreed that my book is definitely not for them.
You would think that would make me sad. In fact, it puzzles my oldest daughter, Adelyne (age decade plus 1).
I told her excitedly one day after she arrived home from school, “Ada! Mommy’s book was rejected!”
Scrunching her face up into what can only be described as utter confusion, she proclaimed, “You were rejected! How can you be so happy????”
Sometimes kids just don’t get it, right?!
I replied, “I may have been rejected—BUT THAT MEANS I DID SOMETHING TO REJECT!”
Walking away muttering to herself (probably something like CRAZY WOMAN!), I giggled after her.
You see. Rejection is not failure, it’s strength.
You did something brave. You put yourself out there. And you got results.
Perhaps they were not the results you desired. But there were results.
Next time may resemble the previous time. But there will be a day when the No will become a Yes.
Because you did not waver in strength!
So, go! Be brave. Be strong. Be crazy. And don’t be afraid of a little rejection.
After all, it’s not the 9,999 times you fail. It’s the 1 time you succeed that matters.
Just look at Thomas Edison and his lightbulb!
Here’s a great article from Forbes titled “How Failure Taught Edison to Repeatedly Innovate”