How to Professionally Handle Rejection

Have you ever been rejected? You probably have, otherwise you won’t be reading this, am I right? I myself have been rejected countless of times and I came to learn how to handle it over time.

Rejection is something that we all have to deal with in every aspect of our lives. But did you know that the act of being rejected is not the worst part? Instead it’s the frustration that comes after. It’s this frustration that drives us nuts, some even to the point of being chronically depressed. Others handle it well but the majority just don’t know how to take care of it so here are some tips that might just help you professionally handle rejection.

1. Accept the fact that everybody gets rejected. I don’t care whether you’ve ever been rejected before or not. We all experience rejection at some point in our life. If you learn to accept this fact then you’re half-way there.

2. Try to understand why you were rejected. If you know the “why” then you’ll know the how. This also gets rid of the aftershock which we call frustration. The worst thing you can do after experiencing rejection is to throw yourself into a fit of rage and not try to understand why you have to go through it in the first place.

3. Learn from other people’s experience. While it’s true that we all are bound to experience rejection at one point in our life, you must also know that you can actually avoid most of it by learning from other people’s experiences. Talk to the successful people in the same field as you and listen to their stories. Ask them how they handled it and learn from that.

What’s so professional with the 3 tips I just outlined? Nothing really but that’s how the professionals do it – myself included.

Really! It’s as easy as that. If you don’t believe me then give it a try.

So, care to share your story of rejection and how you handled it? Post your story in the comments section below.


8 thoughts on “How to Professionally Handle Rejection

  1. There’s one “trick” to not being reject.

    Is to shine, and attract the attention, or draw sympathy and talk the other way around.

    The concept, let them offer you the favor.

    That’s the art of communication. :D

    • Mike Lopez says:

      Hi! The whole idea of attraction marketing is great. However, I don’t think it’ll work outside of marketing in general. For example, I couldn’t just attract my business partner to do what I think is best for the company. I have to actually convince him. But I do get your point.

  2. Hi, Mike.

    Yeah, I never think of situation outside marketing.

    Hmm, then your post is accurate, understand why… find a solution and come up with new presentation to convince our business partner.

  3. Tom Chapman says:

    Some points well made! Rejection is a part of life, it’s as simple as that! The second point you made is the most important for me, understanding why. Analysing the rejection can only help you build your strategy in marketing or any other professional aspect. Turning the negative into a positive. Not accepting and learning from the rejection experience can only lead to repeated failure.

  4. Mike Lopez says:

    @Pangeran – You nailed it! You see business is not just about marketing. It’s about marketing and everything else that goes with it.

    @Tom – Many will just “cry over spilled milk” when they are rejected which is why pointing out that learning why one is rejected is very important.


  5. jocelyn says:

    Rejection is also a trial and it is a learning ground of testing how can we bear the pain of rejection. because we cannot please everybody. Sometimes we also rejected others, that’s life.

  6. Kheys says:

    Got denied by Adsense. It hurt at first. Gave it a little time. Learned my mistakes. Applied again. Got accepted. It was a learning experience.

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