How do you deal with rejection in business?
After all, you need to get past it to build a successful business.
Want to learn how? Read on to get 3 of my best tips on overcoming rejection.
How one entrepreneur got rejected – and built a multimillion-dollar business
As she walked out the door after her boyfriend’s casual announcement that he was going to marry her secretary, he said to her, “You know you will never succeed without me.”
And with those words, he gave her an insurance policy for life. This ensured that she would rather die than not succeed.
If you’re a fan of Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul and former Shark Tank investor, then you’ll have recognized that story as the moment she credits as the beginning of her power.
Ever experienced a disappointment or setback that felt like a personal rejection or ultimate failure? Then you probably resonate with Barbara’s story and admire her resilience.
How can you use this in your business? How can you deal with and get used to rejection?
How to deal with rejection in business
As entrepreneurs we put all of ourselves out there.
But, no matter how strong we are, how amazing our offerings are, or how hard we work, there will invariably be moments when the smallest thing that we rationally know shouldn’t be a big deal turns into a self-confidence killer.
And those things have the potential to hold us back from our dreams.
Maybe it’s that latest unsubscribe that feels like a slap in the face of all your hard work. Or maybe it’s that lack of response from your follow up that makes you despair of ever getting another client.
It doesn’t matter what your specific trigger is. If you sometimes struggle to bounce back from a disappointment or rejection, you’ll appreciate these 3 tips for overcoming setbacks so that they don’t keep you down:
1. Take a longer-term perspective (and see your business thrive)
In today’s world, and especially in the coaching industry, your business situation can literally change in the blink of an eye.
You can suddenly find yourself with a business that keeps getting client after client.
I know that my business certainly looks very different (in a good way) from the way it did just a few short months ago. And yet, at that time, I could have sworn that I’d never succeed. That all the no’s I was getting were all I was ever going to get.
Maybe you are where I was then? And maybe you’re wondering how you’ll ever get to that place where your business actually makes enough money to support you and your dreams (and then some)?
Remember that everyone you look up to started out where you are now, fighting on through every.single.no. And know that as long as you keep on going, those no’s will turn into yes’s much faster than you could ever imagine.
And that takes us to the next tip…
2. Remind yourself that you’re not for everybody
Even Starbucks has its haters and Apple has its die-hard anti-fans.
No business out there appeals to every single person.
You don’t need everyone to love you. And in fact, you probably don’t want everyone to love you. Your job is only to find those who do.
So the next time you don’t hear back from someone or that potential client tells you, “I’m sorry, this isn’t the right choice for me?” Simply remind yourself that you’re not for that person.
The best part? You’re now free to move on and find that next dream client who you are for.
But that’s not all. And that’s what tip #3 is all about.
3. Be able to take time off (even if it’s just a few hours) from your business
As a new entrepreneur struggling to build your dream, it can be hard to hear that you need to sometimes take time off and simply enjoy life. That’s especially the case when you’ve got that other job and your family to also take care of.
Not only do taking time off for yourself and having hobbies outside of your business help improve your mental resilience. They also help fuel your creativity, which ultimately translates into greater success for your business. (Good ol’ working smarter, not harder.)
How rejection in business can fuel your success
This week, as you continue to build your amazing, world-changing business, remember that you’re creating something phenomenal.
And use these tips to remind yourself that each setback is only a temporary road-stop on the way to your success.
That’s it – now let me know in the comments below:
What’s your best tip for dealing with rejection in business?
Let us know your thoughts!