Creativity

Rejection’s only Temporary

I found this post in my archives and thought I’d bring it up again. Before you take your latest rejection to heart, take a look at these Rejection Notices from now famous books:

Animal Farm – George Orwell
It’s impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.

The Diary of Anne Frank
The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the mere “curiosity” level.

Plenty of great projects were rejected first – some were rejected many times.  Remember that a major record label rejected The Beatles because they thought guitar music was just a passing fad.

The problem is, too many people with great ideas stop working once they get rejected.  Learn from rejection, just like you can learn from all criticism, but never let rejection overpower your determination.

If it’s a truly original idea, few people will see it’s potential.  So don’t give up.

Have you had any projects rejected, only to become a success later?

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  1. I could not agree more.

    I have written a number of novels and in that time had countless rejection letters, two literary agents and two near misses for publication (unforeseen financial problems for the publisher and concern that I was an unknown name were the reasons respectively), but I am determined to keep at it until I succeed.

    Watch this space!

  2. This article… and the following comments are really good encouragement!

    I heard that the typical path to success for any original idea is first it is rejected, than ridiculed, than it is accepted, and finally it is imitated.

    If your idea is truly original you may have to suffer the haters for a whole before you experience acceptance and imitation.

  3. I think an important question to ask when pursuing a project is, “If no one else sees this, is it worth my time?” So many artists through history weren’t recognized when they were alive. It’s only worth the time and labor if it’s something that has deep value to you.

  4. Thankful for all rejection for that, made me strong and Thanks for acceptances that we are glad about ( even few that are regretful , LOL ). We all have gone through that ‘Apply-Apply, No Reply’ phase. Every time we have made ourselves more determined and tried pushing harder the next time.

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