How to Deal with Rejection

We’ve all faced rejection or disappointment some time in both our personal and professional lives. It’s how we react to these situations that determines how we move forward. It’s pretty simple to play the blame game or get paralyzed by seemingly insurmountable situations.

Successful companies (ie people) have four key characteristics:

1. They Take Calculated Risks

2. They Have Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs)

3. They know No One Does It Alone

4. They Never Give Up

It’s this last one that I’ve learned is the most important as you make your way back from HUGE disappointments in your life.



“I believe the key to living a life without fear is to accept the current situation and only then can we deal with whatever comes our way. Rejection breeds fear and fear fuels rejection. They go hand in hand and it’s the main reason why we struggle to live our lives truly in the present, without the burden of past failures or the fear of what may happen again.

The worst thing we can do is to take a fact and place our own opinion with it.

This person didn’t call back because… blah blah. The fact is that they didn’t call, but who knows what the reason is? There could be a million factors at play here and our ego loves to be the centre of attention – yet the chances are it’s nothing to do with us.” Jamie Flexman, “The Change Blog”


This is not easy to do because we’re raised in an environment that doesn’t eclebrate success, it feeds us Fear and Scarcity. So we react the way we do because that’s what we know. Simply put it doesn’t need to be this way.

So if you’re working through some tough times, try to remember Jamie’s theory. If you like this post please let me know.

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