In the past year I’ve built up a long list of freelance writing gigs, and over the course of time I’ve had a lot of success. I’ve also had a lot of edits, moderation and yes, Rejections too! My most recent rejection, if I remember correctly, was an article I had written for my website. My editor decided the article wasn’t good enough to be uploaded on the website but suggested me to use it elsewhere. I got very embarrassed and heartbroken at first.
I thought, “If the piece of writing wasn’t good for him, maybe it just wasn’t enough, period”.
However, with work on my personal site backlogged thanks to my extensive work hours and deadlines, I decided to risk publishing the rejected piece on my website and went ahead with the idea.
The result? A few days later, it showed up on one of my favourite sites and after that I was on cloud nine when I saw it being shared on various social networking sites, newsletters, and finally which brought a lot of traffic to my site bringing me fame and making me popular and (my editor extremely subdued ‘pun intended’).
In short, a piece I had thought of throwing away due to one rejection became one of my most valuable contributions to my website and brought me a lot of appreciation.
Rejection Isn’t Failure
In both my freelance writing and my job, I hear a lot of, “you aren’t writing the ultimate article”. Frankly, I think everyone hears it while either interviewing for jobs or putting them in a position to seize new opportunities. It is not easy when faced with that much rejection, in such a vulnerable state.
But ‘no’ is not the end of the world. When you keep trying hard and are sometimes ready to alter your approach, you can create opportunities out of something passed on by others. In my case, I didn’t get approval of my editor for that article, but I did get innumerable website hits, many first time visitors, and appreciation from new followers (most importantly).
Rejection is a Building Block
I often get asked how I’ve been so fortunate in accumulating so many ‘likes’ and ‘tweets’ and building a regular audience for my site. I honestly believe it all comes down to the fact that I accept rejection not as a failure but as an opportunity to alter my approach and adopt a new perspective. The catch is that you have to keep making that final effort of trying to innovate and improve your work style. “An editor” or “a boss” cannot and should not become a block in your pursuit of perfection.