Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Converting rejection into fuel

I’ve been wearing a nametag every day for the past sixteen years. 

Suffice it to say, there’s been a significant amount of resistance and rejection. People have given me death stares, walked away mid conversation, ripped the label right off my shirt, even started fights with me in the middle of the street. 

All for wearing a nametag. Go figure. You’d be surprised how many things people are not ready for. 

But what I’ve learned in the process is, anybody can avoid rejection. The real victory is when you respond to rejection quickly, attractively and memorably. Master that skill, and anyone who comes into contact with you isn’t going to forget you in a hurry. 

I recently read an inspiring news story about a high school senior who got rejected from her number one college choice. She thought it’d be funny to give them a taste of their own medicine. And so, she sent them a letter to inform them that she could not accept their rejection. 

Thank you for your rejection. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me admission. This year I have been fortunate enough to receive many rejection letters from the best and the brightest universities in the country. And despite your outstanding success in rejecting previous applicants, you simply did not meet my qualifications. Therefore, I will be attending your college as a freshman in the fall. I look forward to seeing you then. 

Not only did this letter go viral, but the university actually responded to her rejection of their rejection, saying they were sorry she was so disappointed with their decision, and even told her the steps on how to ask for a repeal of their decision. In the end, however, she decided to attend college elsewhere. 

Who came out the winner? She did. Because she responded to the rejection quickly, attractive and memorably. And now her story has become an urban legend. 

Proving, that rejection is gasoline. It’s momentum that you can use to your advantage to get what you want. Don’t back down just because you’ve bumped up against some irritating obstacles and complications. 

It’s just a test to see how badly you want it. 

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
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