Rejection Is Fun

English: Groucho Marx & anonymous blogging

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And now onto your sample copy of the newsletter:

Rejection Is Fun

Hi, — most of the time rejection isn’t much fun at all but it is something we all have to deal with.

The question isn’t whether you will be rejected but how you respond when it happens because it will happen.

So what do you do about it?

Don’t Let Ego Guide You

Every week I participate in a variety of writing contests and more often than not I lose.

I hate it.

I lose to people who aren’t as clever, creative or capable a writer as I am and it kills me.

It would be fair to say that last line is my ego speaking because it is. I firmly believe I am a better writer than most of the people who beat me, but that doesn’t matter.

Writing is subjective and I know some people love my work and some hate it. I know some are ambivalent about it too.

I also know that those of you who are writers/bloggers face the same challenges and that many of you feel the same irritation I do.

When things don’t go as you wish don’t let your ego make you do something foolish. Don’t complain or make a fuss because it rarely serves you and because rejection can be your friend.

Rejection Isn’t Just About Writing

Rejection isn’t just about writing either.

It can be about selling a product/service or yourself.

When it comes it is worth asking why it happened. It is worth trying to figure out where we fell short.

Sometimes what is measured subjectively can also be measured objectively. Your bad day might match up with someone else’s good day.

Act or React

The question is how do you respond to rejection. Do you act or react?

In this case we’ll say act refers to trying to determine what happened so you can adjust and see it doesn’t happen again.

React is what happens when you let your ego guide you and lash out.

This doesn’t mean you can’t be upset or that you shouldn’t be. It is just a suggestion that how you respond to rejection has a direct influence upon multiple aspects of your life.

What I Do

When it comes to these writing contests my response is to write more and to think about how I can do a better job of promoting my entries because I don’t pimp them out the ways others do.

Add in some exercise and laughter and you have my recipe.

What works for me might not work for you and that is ok. It is an individual thing.

Come Visit Me

Thank you again for spending some time reading my words here.

If you aren’t a regular reader of my blogs please feel free to read TheJackB and Words Left Unwritten on a more consistent basis.



When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun‘.” Groucho Marx

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  1. Sarah Park January 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Rejection is probably the main reason why there are a lot of people who are afraid to try new things. If we only regard rejection as a challenge to do even better, chances are we get to achieve more than what we expect we can. Everybody have experienced rejection at some point in their life. Some are just so good to handle it that they always end up successful.

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