If you want to get to the “promise land” one day, you need to eat sh!t. There’s no other way around it.
Rejection is such a massive and inevitable part of the journey.
It comes in so many different forms too…
A college student dropping out of university to pursue running their own business is going to immediately get rejected by most friends and family.
Take it from me, I’ve been there.
The dream-killing lingo starts to pour in faster than a Monday morning cup of joe (coffee).
You hear the line, “That’s so dumb! And what are you going to do when this business idea FAILS?” (as if they’ve already previously scripted your life like a bad movie)
Or the best from friends, “I don’t know if that’s a good idea, sounds risky. Just get a degree to fall back on” (but you’re like, f#ck that imma get rich or die trying!)
I saved the best for last… that awkward silence you start getting from your significant other. They don’t know what the hell you’re doing a.k.a. they politely think it’s giant B.S.!
Okay time to shine, so how does one NOT let the constant rejection stop them?
For starters, you need to understand that rejection stops A LOT of people from chasing their dreams or living the life they desire, it’s not a force to undermine. Rejection will happen to you a LOT.
You need to mentally prepare and sustain yourself.
The loss of time and money paired with constant rejection can break a human being down QUICK.
But, that’s the “grind” of an entrepreneur in a nutshell.
Dealing with rejection is like dealing with a bully who’s taking your lunch money everyday.
If you don’t confront and handle it, it’s going to get worse everyday.
While I don’t recommend punching your mom in the mouth for saying that your T-shirt business sucks, I do recommend confronting and dealing with each avenue of rejection in a semi-professional manner.
Reducing rejection in your business is 100% impossible if you want to be profitable.
You still need to hear 20 “No’s” to get a “Yes” even when you are successful.
However, reducing rejection in the many other areas of your life is 100% possible and needs to be done.
If you regularly hang out with a group of friends or people who don’t support what you do or don’t understand it, you’re going to have a really hard time growing.
Environment is so critical.
I shouldn’t have to tell you what to do here, but if you need to cut some people out of your life then stand up and do it.
You’ll learn who supports you and who doesn’t on this journey.
Rejection can be as simple as a lack of acknowledgement.
Be around people push you higher, not the ones secretly hoping you fall.
You’re going to have a lot of “rough days” as an entrepreneur, the ability to be able to just call and talk with someone who can relate is SO powerful.
Fill your network with valuable people who are more successful than you and on the same mission as you.
Quick recap on how to deal with rejection as an entrepreneur:
1. Expect it and prepare for it. You should be doing some sort of personal development everyday, go read Benjamin Hardy’s content for great advice on PD.
2. Confront it. Have a conversation and tell someone how you feel, ask for their understanding and respect. If you can’t get it, remove them from your life and move on. Keep building a valuable network.