When Life Says “No”



Rejection is the most painful thing that anyone can encounter, whether it comes to romance, parental approval, failing a job interview, or anything else, for that matter. I’m reading through this article about rejection letters to famous people such as Madonna, U2, Sylvia Plath, and Andy Warhol. This goes to show that everyone gets rejected at one point in life or another.


The sting that comes from being rejected does hurt, but don’t let that get you down. After moping for a while, you must get back on your feet again and move forward in the race.


I remember this story on a Chicken Soup for The Soul book, about this kid wherein he drew up his dream farm blueprint as a class assignment about their dreams when they grow up. The teacher gave him an “F”, because he believed that the kid won’t be ever able to achieve that, given his life status. The teacher got it all wrong when years later, the boy, now a grown-up man, invited his former teacher and classmates to the opening of his dream farm. From what I remember, the boy-turned-man kept the failed class assignment on his farm blueprint and had it framed and hung above the fireplace. When the teacher saw this, he apologized to his former student. He said something like, “I used to steal kids’ dreams. Fortunately, you have the gumption not to give up on yours.”


This was one of my favorite stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. This inspired me to not give up no matter how hard things can get. Of course, I’m in touch with reality, but this made me work hard and believe in the possibility of good things coming to you at the right moment.


Don’t fear rejection. Make it your inspiration instead.