In 1902, an aspiring young writer received a rejection letter from the poetry editor of The Atlantic Monthly.
Enclosed with a sheaf of poems the twenty-eight-year-old poet had sent was this curt note: “Our magazine has no room for your vigorous verse.” The young poet rejected the rejection and went on to see his work published. His name was Robert Frost.
In 1890, a sixteen-year-old found this note from his rhetoric teacher at Harrow, England, attached to his report card: “A conspicuous lack of success.” The young man rejected the rejection and went on to become one of the most famous speakers of the twentieth century.
His name was Winston Churchill.
We’ve all heard about Fred Smith’s college paper in which he laid out his plan for Federal Express, only to be given a C and told it would never work. The Wright brothers’ own father dismissed their idea about flying as a total waste of time.
We know successful business people go through two to three failures before they develop the idea that really works.
Don’t settle for others’ opinions of your work or life.
Don’t be like the guy who stopped by the fortune-teller at the local county fair and asked for a glimpse into his future. The fortune-teller looked him over and told him, “You’ll be poor, unhappy, and miserable until you’re fifty.”
“Then what?” asked the man.
“By that time,” the fortune-teller said, “you’ll be used to it.”
I have seen countless people who had ideas, solutions, and inventions rejected–only to go on to extraordinary success.
Have you been rejected by an art gallery?
Have you been rejected by a publisher?
Have you been turned down for a business proposal?
Have you been passed over for a promotion or dismissed in a job interview?
Have you been fired?
Maybe you need to reject the rejection and go on to achieve real art career success.