Let’s face it, no one likes to fail or be rejected. Truth be told, if we could all have our way, we wouldn’t experience either. But what if I told you that if you never failed or were never rejected you’d be missing out on the opportunity to be better? Here are five reasons why rejection and failure are good for you:
1. Makes You Fearless:
When I first started DSR Apparel and I would reach out to other businesses or apply for business competitions and got rejected, initially, I would get in my feelings and feel some type of way. After a while, I realized it wasn’t personal and let that rejection push me to taking more chances; chances I never would have taken had things panned out how I initially planned them. And you know what? Some of those fearless risks have paid off.
2. Makes You Stronger:
They say what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. And I’ve never known rejection or failure to kill anyone. Honestly, after a few rejections you become kind of numb to the initial sting and learn to move on quickly to the next opportunity.
3. Pushes You To Aim Higher:
Let’s be honest – most of us would settle for a heck of a lot less than what we’re capable of if we’d ever gotten our hands on the first opportunities we’d gone after. It’s usually only when we get rejected that we become fearless enough to aim higher and take greater chances.
4. Teaches You Lessons:
If experience is the best teacher, then failure is a close second. Failure is great at teaching you lessons, if you pay attention. You learn what changes to make, going forward, to produce better results. To quote Henry Ford, “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
5. Makes You Better:
As I stated earlier, I’ve applied for a number of business competitions and got rejected. Initially, I’d get a little upset, but what I’ve since started doing is taking a look at my business, my product, how I’m presenting it and finding ways to tweak things to make it better. It’s kind of like getting dumped and wanting to look 100 times better the next time you see your ex – or something like that. How do you think failure and rejection may be good for you?