Don’t Reject Rejection


Rejection hurts. It’s not a matter of “if” it happens, but “when” it happens, and every professional deals with rejection in one form or another.

Here are a few things to remember when rejection happens:

It’s not personal. There are a million reasons a potential client may decide not to partner with you. Maybe they had a bad experience in the past. Maybe they are hesitant to fully trust you or the products and services your company offers. If a potential client decides to go another direction, don’t take it personally and don’t give up.

The timing may not be right. Your new potential client’s timetable might not be the same as your expectations. All of us have things we know we should do, but put off for arbitrary reasons. Your prospective client may be doing this with you. Kindly remind them that you are flexible and are willing to work with their schedule.

Don’t be dominated by fear of rejection. Don’t allow future mistakes and fears to dominate your decision making. Be confident, even in rejection, and learn from it. In time, there are many opportunities to turn a “no” into a “yes.”

Prove that partnering is beneficial. Show prospective clients the benefits that come with partnering with you. Demonstrate that you have what they need to help them achieve their goals. Over time, you’ll prove yourself to be a trustworthy and a valuable asset to their future.

Despite all this, however, rejection is something all professionals deal with. It’s important to keep your focus and learn from it when it happens. “Stay positive,” as one of our financial advisors says.

“Don’t let the ‘not interested’ get you down,” Betsy Rush, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, advises. “Stay positive and know what your short-term and long-term goals are so you can celebrate your achievements. Share your goals with family and friends so they can be a source of motivation.”

Celebrate your achievements, but always remember that you will be rejected at some point. It’s not about avoiding rejection, though, but reacting to it positively. And that’s an idea worth investing in.

Looking for more advice? Check out what Forbes magazine has to say about it.

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