Rejection!! It Makes you Crazy, but it Might Make you Famous!

 

Have you ever heard of the book called Roots?  Pulitzer prize winner? Miniseries that won a bunch of awards,  Alex Haley?  Any of this ringing a big ole bell? Haley’s original book manuscript was rejected by publishers 200 times!  REJECTED!  The list goes on and on of the famous books that were rejected, most made into block buster movies.  Rejected not a couple of times.. but HUNDREDS of times!  Crazy eh?  That just shows you how fickle and subjective the book publishing business is. The person that reads your story is making a decision for millions of people.  Doesn’t seem fair does it?  Well folks, that’s Hollywood!  Only the chosen few lottery winners get the prize. But that doesn’t stop us from playing the game does it? We keep writing, keep submitting and someday we will win. YES WE WILL!

Check out this Tweet from the gal that wrote those Harry (whats his name) books.. You know the one that has the series of movies and a Theme Park at Universal Studios? J.K. Rowling wrote a crime novel recently and tried to get a book deal using the name Robert Galbrath.   One of the letters tells her to go join a writing club so she can LEARN TO WRITE!  LMAOO  Oh.. you publishers.. you are just too darned good!  But we love ya. With all of your rejection letters you just make us stronger and more determined to get through your gates!  Rowlings also tweeted that she has all of her Harry Potter book rejection letters in a box in the attic!

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No is my Favorite Word

 

NO!  Two little letters.  How can a word with just too little letters frighten the daylights out of us?  Why does this little word make us shake in our boots, cringe with fear, cry and pound our fists in the air?  WHY????

This has been such a stumbler for so many people trying to move up in their career paths or when they start a business!  Rejection just plain sucks!  Here’s how to get around it.

Learn to LOVE the word NO!

WHAT?  Call me crazy but this works for your brain and gets rid of the tremors!  Yep! That’s what I said!  When you get up in the morning and you need to make those calls, or hit the pavement, tell yourself that you will need to get at least 5 Nos today!   Make yourself fulfill a NO quota!    Pitch your idea, product or yourself as hard as you can.  If you get that dreaded “NO”, shake their hand and say THANK YOU!  You got your first NO!  Woo HOO!     Now you need to get four more!   You must think I’m NUTS!  Well, dear friend, we are re-training your wacky brain.  We are making your brain think that NO is a good thing.  So when you eventually get that YES…well I don’t have to tell you how awesome that is!!  Learn from the NO answers, Fix what needs fixing!  NO is a good thing!

So go out and get those NO answers!  It means you are TRYING!  It means you are out there doing your thing and NOT wasting time sitting at home worried about someone telling you NO!  You WANT the NO!   Get a TON of Nos!  Its a numbers game!  I guarantee you there is a Yes for every 5 NO. You’ll start getting YES answers so often that you don’t even let that that nasty little two letter word bother you any longer!