I first read this article back when it was published in Fast Company in May. I’ve sat on this article for six months, urging myself to do the challenge, but not actually doing it.
In the article, author Jia Jiiang discusses how facing his fears of rejection helped him accomplish his dreams. We all work in a profession where rejection becomes a part of nearly every day. Certainly authors face rejection all the time. I would bet it’s one of the biggest topics of conversation when a group of authors gets together. Heck, even discussing writing techniques is often a disguise for how not to get rejected.
Agents face rejection too. We also carry the burden of a rejection when one of our books is rejected by an editor. We also face rejection from potential clients, foreign publishers, audio publishers and even our own clients (why, oh why don’t you like my revision suggestions). I don’t think publishing is alone when it comes to career rejection, but I do suspect we talk about it more than other professions.
The fear of rejection can hold us back at so many different points in our careers. We might not fear it when submitting, but the possibility of bad reviews can hold us back from writing the next book or promoting the one we just got published. It also lessens the confidence with which we go into something, making whatever we’re doing harder. I face rejection constantly, and yet I strongly feel a 30-Day Rejection Challenge is something that will help me grow as an agent and face things head-on, in a different way from how I’ve faced things before.
Since I never got my 30 Days off the ground I thought about including you as accountability partners. Starting October 1 (one week from today), for 30 days, I’m going to face rejection and I’d love if you would join me. For those wondering what 30 different things you can do there’s a Rejection Therapy pack you can buy. I’m going to try doing without. So if anyone has any ideas of things I could do when facing rejection please let me know. I’d love to try out some of your tasks to see where they lead me.
What do you think? Are you in?
I’ll keep you updated through the blog and we can all use the hashtag #BeatRejection to see what others are doing.