Hells Angles

December 2, 2013 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog

Research reveals that many successful people have an interesting strategy when it comes to dealing with rejection. Rather than worry about being rejected, they adopt a warrior like mentality and wear their scars of battle proudly.

They treat their rejections like badges of honour, to remind them of what they’ve been through and to keep persisting.

Author of 50 novels, Stephen King used this strategy when he first started writing. As a child, King was repeatedly rejected by publishers, but instead of throwing the rejection slips away, he hammered a nail into the wall above his bed and put all his rejections slips on it.

King said, “By the time I was fourteen, the nail in the wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled on it. So I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.” To date, Stephen King has sold over 350 million books.

Most writers can tell you how many rejections they’ve had. Marketing guru and author of 17 best sellers Seth Godin says, “I had 950 rejection letters before I sold my first book.”

The crime writer Ed McBain (aka Evan Hunter) sold over 100 million books before he died, but he too was no overnight sensation. McBain received enough rejections to paper the walls of his bathroom so that he could then laugh at all the people who said that his writing was crap!

All us humans were born as warriors not worriers, but for many the warrior in us has become buried under a mountain of learned negativity.

When the inevitable happens and one of your labours of love is rejected, what’s it to be: worrier or warrior?

Ps. the best angle to approach any angle is the TRYangle

Pps. once you throw your heart over the fence, others will follow you.

Humour

Round in a shot

Going to bed the other night, I noticed people in my shed stealing things.

I phoned the Police but was told that there was no one in the area to help.

They said that they would send someone over as soon as possible.

I hung up. A minute later I rang again. “Hello,” I said, “I called you a minute ago because there were people in my shed. It’s OK, you don’t need to come now because I’ve shot them.”

Within minutes there were half a dozen Police cars outside my house, an armed response unit and a Police helicopter overhead. They caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the Police officers said, “I thought you said that you had shot them.”

To which I replied, “I thought you said that there was no one else available.”

Sunil Bali

As well as being a recognised authority on personal branding and peak performance, Sunil is a critically acclaimed author and blogger. His corporate experience includes roles as Head of Talent on behalf of Vodafone Group, Santander (UK) and Cable & Wireless Europe. Sunil has also run a multi-million pound recruitment business, and is a Non Executive Director. Sunil’s first degree in Sports Science and Psychology fuelled his passion for the psychology of human achievement and well-being. As well as possessing an MBA, he is a qualified Psychotherapist and Executive Coach. www.sunilbali.com

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