“I failed 3 times in college. I applied 30 times to get a job but I have always been rejected. When KFC came to China for the first time, we were 24 to apply and I was the only one to be dismissed. I wanted to go into the police and of 5 postulants, I was the only one not to be accepted. I applied 10 times to return to Harvard University USA and I was rejected. “
Jack Ma, Alibaba Creator and holder of the 22nd highest World fortune according to Forbes in 2015 with $ 29.8 billion.
Never give up because you failed once – or twice. Know that failure is sometimes just a way to reach your intended destination!!
As John Paul DeJoria puts it,
The biggest hurdle is rejection. Any business you start, be ready for it. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is the successful people do all the things the unsuccessful people don’t want to do. When 10 doors are slammed in your face, go to door number 11 enthusiastically, with a smile on your face.
If you have issues dealing with rejection, try this exercise. Pick something that you are trying to build or put together that involves a repetitive action, like laying down bricks for a garden pathway, hammering in nails as you build a birdhouse, or putting cookie dough on the baking sheet.
As you are ready to take the first action say “NO” out loud 19 times and then one “YES!”. On “YES!”, lay the first brick, hit the first nail, place the first scoop of dough on the pan. Pain in the butt, right?
Now get ready for the second action and say “NO” out loud 18 times and then “YES!” twice. Do the action twice. Say “NO” 17 times and then “YES!” 3 times. Do the action on each “YES!”. You’re not getting much done yet, are you? It looks like you will never accomplish your task.
But keep going, saying “NO” one less time and “YES!” one more time each time. Keep taking your action on each “YES!”. Pretty soon, you will be saying “NO” 10 times and “YES!” 10 times, then “NO” 5 times and “YES!” 15 times. Go on this way until you say “NO” twice and “YES!” 18 times and keep repeating that sequence. (There will ALWAYS be some “NO”s!)
Do you think the “NO”s (the REJECTION) will keep you from completing the task? I don’t think so! If nothing else, you will find yourself rushing through the “NO”s to get to the “YES!”s!
That is a small secret to SUCCESS!