I want to change the world and I want to do it in fabulous shoes. Here are the people who’ve inspired me to do it:
What’s the secret sauce to their success, the one I’m going to emulate until my tootsies are shod in Jimmy Choo goodness?
Their commitment to being rejected.
It’s not their intelligence; because even though they are, there are many who are smarter. Take a look at this article on success rates for valedictorians if you’re doubtful. It isn’t their talent; yes they have it in spades, but so do oodles and scads of other people. I have a friend who came up with an idea very similar to PayPal about fifteen years ago and had the programming ability to make it happen; but he isn’t kicking back in a Silicon Valley-adjacent mansion. It isn’t even because they worked hard; as author, George Monbiot wrote that if that’s all it took, “every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.”
Western Union passed on the telephone. “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” was rejected 144 times. Oprah was fired as a television reporter for being too emotional about her stories. Hewlett Packard passed on Steve Job and Steve Wozniak’s goofy idea of a personal computer. And my friends in sales? If they have a year where they only get rejected 75% of the time, it’s stellar one.
And so the rejection thing happens, but they dust themselves off and they try again, and they get rejected another time, so they grit their teeth and they try again and then they get rejected once more so they shake it off have an adult beverage and go for it one more time, and then . . . (I know, it’s repetitive. I get that you get the metaphor, but now just imagine having to live through the repetition of rejection not as annoyingly obvious phrasing but as their daily life, again and again and . . .)
Now, I’m not good at it, this rejection thing. I’m a pleaser and want to be told I’m fabulous on a frequent basis. It’s going to suck. But, I want to change the world (and wear fabulous shoes) more than I don’t want to be rejected. I’ve run a successful theatre company and racked up a fantastic career on the corporate side. For every good thing that’s happened to me (and there’s been plenty), I have asked and been rejected for at least three others.
So let’s start rocking the law of averages (another very cool video). Come join me and the rest of my dream-team as we revel in the time-honored rite of rejection. Sign-up for Dream Lab’s next Mischief Cohort – A ninety day, dream acceleration program.
What if rejection is the key to your success?
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