Hello dearest reader!
Today, I would like to talk about rejection.
A few days back, I poured my heart and soul into an article. To give you an idea, here’s what I did:
I worked super hard on it and made it the best I could.
Then, I rated it 7/10 and tried to do everything in my power to raise the level to 10/10.
Next, I asked five talented writers for their feedback.
Based on their comments, I edited the whole post for at least five more rounds.
When I was confident I had done all I could, I submitted it to the publication of my dreams.
Now, here comes the tricky part: I had worked so hard on the piece, that I had pinned all my hopes on it. When I got a reply from the editors, my heart started beating faster in anticipation.
When I opened the email, here’s what it said:
Thanks very much for your article proposal. We took a look and unfortunately, it's not a good fit for <redacted>.
I was crushed.
For the first few hours, I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t understand what had gone wrong. I felt so demotivated, I wondered what was the point of writing, of working so hard?
That’s the thing about rejections: they make you question your self-worth. They lead you to believe that there was something wrong with YOU.
The truth couldn’t be farther from that.
After a heart-to-heart with my closest friend and some intense journaling sessions, I came to the following conclusions:
Rejection does not reflect on the quality of your content or personality. Maybe the person who rejected it didn’t want what you had to offer at THIS time.
You can either cry over why you were rejected, or try to figure out if there is scope for improvement in the offer you made and rework.
Even if all else fails, you still have your content. If you truly believe this is the best you can do, submit it to another place, a different person. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
So yes, this is all I have to say today. Rejections suck, but they don’t have to define you. It’s what you do after getting rejected that shows who you are as a person: Do you pick up the lessons and move forward? Or do you remain stuck in place, crying over missed opportunities?
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