Listening to what others say



Artists have been mocked. Actors, actresses and models have been labelled. Innovators have been doubted. Writers have been rejected. Musicians have been dropped. Anyone who works differently is outed. As she begun auditioning, Meryl Streep was told she was “ugly”. Now she is widely thought of as one of the greatest actresses of her time. In his role as a contributor for the San Francisco Examiner, Rudyard Kipling was fired for not knowing “how to use the English language”. Now he continues to be known as a successful writer.

We can’t stop what people say about us. But we can choose what we listen to. Some people are ignorant, insecure and envious. Others are kind, passionate and encouraging. Absorb the positive energy and brush off the rest. You, and you alone, know what you’re capable of. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Just believe in yourself and show them.

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Midnight Motivation: The Not Yet

Napoleon Hill quote

It can be easy to give into failure and to be discouraged by road blocks, but the truth is, every ‘no’ is one step closer to a ‘yes’ and every ‘no’ is actually a ‘not yet’. J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter was turned down by 12 publishers before it was picked up by Bloomsbury. Similarly, 27 publishers  rejected Dr Seuss’s first book To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. Steven Spielberg was declined from the University of Southern California’s film school twice. Walt Disney was told he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas” and Albert Einstein allegedly didn’t learn to speak until aged four. Those who we admire and who carry great success have been rejected, fired, replaced, insulted and deemed incapable. What if they had given up, been defeated and resorted to something else? Our culture wouldn’t be the same. We need to start looking at our setbacks as steps forward rather than backwards. Don’t deprive yourself and the world of your success. You can achieve greatness as long as you pursue, persist and persevere. Keep your chin up.

Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent greater benefit – Napoleon Hill


What to Remember when faced with Rejection

Rejection Bo Bennett

  1. Firstly, you are not alone. Every successful person has been rejected in one way or another throughout their life. Take J.K. Rowling; the Harry Potter series was rejected twelve times before being published. And there are countless others.
  2. What is most important is how you deal with the rejection, not the rejection itself. Don’t let the rejection define you:
  • Just because you have been rejected or have not come out on top on something does not mean you can’t or won’t be successful.
  • Don’t let the fear of rejection from past experience stop you from trying next time. Otherwise you might miss out on all the times you win and succeed.
  • The end result, the rejection, does not mean that the whole experience, whatever you’ve been working towards and then been rejected from, is wasted. Do not view any effort or time put into that as effort or time wasted. Those experiences have given you skills and new challenges or situations, which will increase your confidence and increase your chances of winning next time. For example, if you spend a lot of time on a job application only to be rejected, whatever you’ve thought about regarding your own experience and skills can be used again in another job application. And you can learn from any mistakes.