For many, fear is one of the great hindrances of life. Whether it’s in your personal life or your professional life, fear can hold you back and keep you anchored to the status quo, specifically fear of rejection. Rejection is really never fun. It can be hurtful and disheartening, and even the thought of rejection may keep you from ever taking the next step, no matter what it is. While the thought of failure is frightening, you may be encouraged to note that some of the most successful ideas ever presented to the world were first met with rejection.
Authors, inventors, innovators, visionaries and entrepreneurs — almost all of the ones you know by name and who have achieved success experienced at least one crushing rejection in their journeys. No one is immune to it; chances are you will experience it at some point. What will set you apart from everyone else is what you choose to do next.
Sometimes, big ideas take awhile to catch on. If you choose entrepreneurship, your path to success will be lined with setbacks, frustrations and failures. You have to decide if the fear of experiencing these things is enough to keep you from moving forward and pursuing your dreams anyway. Despite rejection, you may feel certain that your idea is destined to succeed at some point — don’t let go of that belief, even if you hear “no” once, twice or multiple times before you get there.
One of the most valuable things to learn as an entrepreneur is channeling both the fear of and rejection itself into something positive. Use these things to help you evaluate, improve and become even more certain of your idea. You can’t let fear govern your business decisions or how you pursue your goals. You have to harness it and let propel you onward and upward.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC