One of the handy things about having a website is that you can update it as and when you please. And when you’re a writer, there seems to be a never-ending ream of ideas to fill the space. If I may, I’d like to take a little of your attention and time to talk about rejection.
Rejection is often described as a dirty, painful word, but I don’t think it is – I believe it’s misunderstood. In much the same way that Paul Arden says in, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be, being fired or leaving a job is an empowering experience. Likewise, in the way that Winston Churchill once said, “Success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” , rejection, as a general trend, can make a person without direction focused and a person without drive, determined.
Take as an example my work situation little over a month ago. I had applied for (literally) over 150 jobs from the time I graduated until the time I got my job at Dennis. In that time I was accepted for only one job, in a pen shop. The other I had at Ferrari Press was ‘awarded’ to me after a trial period. That’s a one in 150 hit rate on the job front, not the best in the graduate market.
And yet every time I was rejected, it made me more determined to get that elusive job. That job where I would be allowed to write, to hone my skills, to be part of a team and to produce something that makes a difference. Well I got that job didn’t I? I’m not saying I was 100% confident at all times in those 18 months, far from it, but I knew that if I kept plugging away I’d get my break. I knew every time I was rejected, that job as a librarian or whatever wasn’t for me and I had a higher chance of finding one that was. Read More →