Every entrepreneur at one point in his or her life will encounter rejection, from the simple “your idea is shit and won’t pick up” to the hard hitting truths from investors who tell you that your money ask is just nonsense and your company is not worth their capital. These moments are not only hard to surmount, but can literally turn your life upside down and make you question your philosophy and career paths altogether. These are the moments that make you entertain the idea of giving up and waving the white flag. These are the moments you feel reduced to a pitiful beggar asking for people’s money and approval. These are the moments that lead you to think: is it all worth it?
Rejection is not just a product of entrepreneurial pursuits: truth of the matter, you will be rejected again and again, in your romantic approaches, your professional life, your family and friend and everyone you thought will be there to support you during the good and the bad. This is not to discourage you or sound like a skeptic, this is just to remind you that the world isn’t flowers and unicorns, and that even when you think you’ve seen it all, there is much worst that will happen.
Whenever you feel you can’t take it anymore and that you’ve reached your breaking point, remember the words of Eric Thomas:
Don’t cry to quit, you’re already in pain, you’re already hurt, get a reward for it. Pain is temporary, it may last for a minute, an hour or a day, or even a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If you quit however, it will last forever.
Yes, it hurts to be rejected, it hurts to suck up to people in order to get that funding and it’s humiliating when someone promises you something and then goes back on his word. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself and asking for everyone’s pity, get yourself back on track and go prove them wrong. Go prove to them that they just made the mistake of their life and missed on an opportunity never to repeat itself. Go show them that they just said No to someone who will be setting the rules of the game soon. Be the person who works so hard and so smart that he or she becomes the person no one wants to make an enemy of, and that those who told you NO in the past will have to spend the rest of their lives looking over their shoulders. We’re all dead in the long run, men are mortal, but living a fulfilling life, a life with meaning and value, that’s something only a few can have. You have said no to conformity, you have suffered for choosing to go the extra mile and visit the least travelled path, and soon enough, you will reap the rewards of your bet, so long as you keep fighting!
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