You’re bound to get rejected on more than one occasion when you’re building your business. It’s more common than you think. However, one thing that people often forget is that it’s not how many times you get rejected that counts, but what you do after. You know the saying fall three times, stand up five? Well, it’s true. You can fall over and over again. It’s okay and completely normal. No one ever succeeded after the first try. But it’s important that you don’t let yourself stay down. Stand up and keep trying. The most successful entrepreneurs have failed more times then they can count.
Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, got turned away from every buyer and investor she saw when she wanted to introduce Spanx to the market. But she didn’t let that get her down. She went back to her drawing board and tried different approaches until she finally found one investor who was willing to invest in her. If she had given up after being told no over 50 times, we wouldn’t know Spanx today. And where is Sara today? Head of a billion-dollar company. That’s right. And she’s just one of many who built a hugely successful empire after being rejected on several occasions.
Rejection can actually teach you many things. You can learn a lot from rejection and it can make you stronger in the long run. We’ve put together a list of important points you can learn through rejection.
- Helps you identify areas that need improvement
- Listen to the reasons why you were rejected to avoid them from happening in the future
- Makes you stronger
- Teaches you to not take things personally
- Helps you remember and cherish your success and accomplishments
- Makes you challenge yourself more
- Identifies your grit
- Can be a blessing in disguise because it means greater things are bound to happen
- Teaches you to keep your emotions in check
- Allows you to go back to the drawing board and come up with a different approach
So next time you feel like giving up because you’ve been told no over and over again, stop and think about all those entrepreneurs who were in the same position than you. Read their stories. See how they made it through. Get inspired. And more importantly, don’t give up.