3 Tips to Recover from Rejection

You’ve applied for countless jobs and gone on numerous interviews but still no potential job prospects in sight . . .You’ve studied for weeks for a final test, but do not receive the high grade that you were hoping for . . .

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

Dealing with rejection is never easy and can be difficult for anyone to handle. Let’s face it, nobody likes to be told “No”. Oftentimes, we blame ourselves for our defeats and fault ourselves for doing something wrong. We think to ourselves, “if only we could have studied a little bit longer or answered the questions more clearly on that interview…”

This is the #1 mistake that most people make when it comes to rejection – blaming their selves! Don’t worry you are not alone, here are some tips that will help you learn to overcome and embrace the emotion of rejection!

Tip #1: Rejection Is Not Always About You.

Oftentimes, we tend to blame ourselves for the cause of the rejection. But sometimes we fail to realize the source of the rejection:

  • Maybe that employer was not looking for your skillset at the time
  • Maybe that director had you in mind for another role
  • Maybe it was not your time to for that job opportunity

The list goes on and on. Because you may never fully understand why someone, rejected you, the best thing to do is not to think about it.

Focus on things that are in your control!

 Tip #2: Turn that frown upside down.

So, you didn’t get that potential job you were hoping for . . . No worries! Remember that the sadness that you are feeling is a temporary emotion and will not last forever. There will be more jobs, more interviews, more opportunities to succeed it. Think of all the countless things that you have overcome throughout your life – keep going!

Tip #3 Look At Rejection As A Learning Opportunity.

Look at your rejection, as a chance to learn from your rejection and figure out areas where you could improve. Every rejection that we face in life, teaches us a lesson.

Don’t let being turned down, be a stumbling block to your success. Be confident and keep going and do not be defeated in the face of adversity.

I know that this process is much easier said than done. But you can do it! Think of the all the great leaders of our time. These leaders did not become great overnight and the certainly faced their share of adversity, obstacles, and rejections. Sometimes the key is to face your obstacle head on! Face the fear, feel the fear and go for it! Remember that the emotions that you are feeling are just temporary. Use the emotion that you are feeling and challenge yourself.

“In The Struggle Lies The Joy.” – Dr. Maya Angelou (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings)

Shannan Burrell

Campus Contributor

Shannan Dione Burrell was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Growing up, she thrived in the areas of performing arts, participating in dance, theater, and music. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, in 2010 and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Film and Video at American University, Washington D.C., where she is scheduled to graduate May of 2017. Shannan has always had a passion for volunteering and helping others within her community. She has been an active member of her church Emmanuel AME Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Throughout her years at Emmanuel, she has participated in numerous ministries including the Praise Dance Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Women’s Ministry. Shannan grew up a member of the Girl Scouts of America organization. Her 12 years as a Girl Scout prepared her to become an effective volunteer within the community and a role model for young women. Shannan is currently volunteering with the Best Kids mentoring program in Washington, D.C., which specializes in mentoring inner city youth and foster children. Shannan also has a passion and vison for storytelling through media. She has over 10 years of experience within the media field, which includes numerous internships with companies including Arena Stage Theater in Washington D.C., The Ft. Belvoir Eagle Newspaper in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, Clear Channel Communications in Rockville, Maryland and Gannett/USA Today in McLean, Virginia. Her many years of experience have prompted her to write, direct, and produce over 15 original productions for her church and community. Shannan’s mentors and role models are that of her family, church family, and fellow aspiring African American women in the media field such as Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, who have worked at paving the way for minority storytellers within the entertainment industry. Shannan hopes one day to open up a production company for minorities, which will inspire, motivate, and empower them to follow their passions through the arts. Shannan’s favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She credits this verse for inspiring her to overcome all obstacles within her life and to work hard to succeed and excel at being a good role model for young women within her church and community.

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