OK — It isn’t Monday, but better late than never and this is quite befitting of my Monday.
While I can’t say I was rejected in any way on Monday, I did have another job interview, which means opening yourself up to the possibility of rejection. The possibility of rejection is a far better risk than not trying at all.
And, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few months since graduation, being rejected points you in a more focused direction. Rejection teaches you about yourself, if you’re willing to learn from the experience. Rejection makes your vision that much more clear.
Sometimes rejection doesn’t feel like it’s pointing you in the direction of something better. Sometimes the moment isn’t one of clarity. Allow yourself to feel the emotions of rejection. But, step back, take it day by day and decide how you’re going to handle rejection.
There’s a Castle quote for everything. Insert here:
“Rejection isn’t failure,” Castle said. “It sure feels like failure,” Alexis, his daughter, responded in a moment of defeat. “Failure is giving up. Everybody gets rejected. It’s how you handle it that determines where you’ll end up,” Castle explained. “My whole life has been about making sure I could get into any college I wanted — What’s it about now?” Alexis asked. “Give it time. You’ll figure it out,” Castle assured her.
Feel the rejection. And, when you finally get what you’ve worked for — everything you’ve ever wanted — you will know what true happiness feels like because you can measure it against rejection.
Remember, while you thought you were being rejected from what you wanted, your direction was becoming more focused, and, in the end, you’ll know what happiness feels like when you achieve your dreams, goals and vision because you’ve felt rejection.
Be happy for what you have right now and learn from your life’s redirection. With time, your new, focused direction will become more clear.
In the end, do you want it badly enough to get over being hurt?