How can Rejection be a Blessing? | 5 Reasons Proving Rejection is a Blessing in Disguise
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I'm sure you are familiar with the devastating feeling and negative self-talk that comes with experiencing rejection. There are numerous negative associations with rejection, but today let's focus on the good that can come from encountering a letdown.
Since the dawn of time, our primal ancestors relied on acceptance from the tribe and directly related it to their survival - and in 2022, we still do!
Acceptance by our tribe promises our safety and protection ('someone has my back if lions attack in the middle of the night'), which lessens feelings of anxiety. While possible to live socially independent in modern times, it will, however, be a sad existence.
Rejection directly contributed to the self-development and evolution of humankind. Without it, we would still be in our comfort zones living in caves and collecting berries (as tempting as that sounds, I'm glad we evolved to have wifi and chocolate).
With this in mind, remember that facing rejection is a sign that you are giving life a chance to amaze you and grant opportunities for growth.
Confirming the timeless cliche that reminds us, "You won't know unless you try".
Rejection is a part of life but how you handle it makes all the difference.
Thomas Edison, the famous American inventor of the 19th century, has a thought-provoking quote about his many attempts at making the lightbulb.
"When a reporter asked, 'How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?' Edison replied: 'I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps'."
Edison shows us that he did not let his failures define him and merely saw the attempts for what it was: learning experiences. You give your power away to the person or situation when you allow the rejection to immobilise you.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If someone doesn't appreciate what you have to offer, no one is right or wrong, but the match simply isn't meant to be.