How to handle rejection

At home, at work, in your love life, and even when you’re relaxing, rejection is a reality. However, handling rejection like a winner can lead you to be just that – a winner.

Rejection is a normal part of life, and no matter how wonderful you are, you are going to face some level of rejection in your life. Dr. Seuss’s first book, “And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was famously rejected 27 times – but its eventual acceptance led to Seuss’s vastly successful career in which he won two Academy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, two Emmy Awards, and a Peabody Award. Point is, rejection is so normal that even the most successful people face it.

Although rejection is normal, feeling sad about it is normal, too. Don’t bottle up your emotions; allow yourself to feel sad – but don’t wallow in it. Understand that, like good things in life, bad things come and go. Happiness is an internal process, and neither acceptance nor rejection should affect your core happiness. Rejection may temporarily affect your mood, but it won’t change who you are and it won’t change your core level of happiness – so you shouldn’t let it affect your willingness to dust yourself off and try again.

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