Within a 12-hour time period, I was rejected for two freelance writing opportunities.
Instead of wincing, licking my wounds, or retreating, I'm embracing the rejection. While I know that might sound odd, I'm choosing to flip it to the positive. I would never have been rejected had I not put myself out there in the first place. If I had refused to take a risk, I wouldn't be growing.
I knew that both opportunities were long shots. Well, not necessarily long shots, but out of my comfort zone for sure. One was a part-time social media specialist and the other was for a writing program for Medium. While I use social media for Get To It, I've never been employed in the field of social media work otherwise. With the Medium opportunity, I know I don't have nearly the experience or following as many of the other writers on that platform.
However, with both, I decided, "Why not? What do I have to lose?"
By having this attitude, I've gained so much. I updated my resume and it looks completely different from my educational vitae. My cover letter was a blast to write, because I felt like I could be more creative, rather than follow the traditional format that is expected for jobs in school districts.
I jumped in with both feet into the deep end of the pool, and it felt great. Some would argue that I do have a safety net. I have a full-time job that pays the bills, and so it allows me to take risks without. I can't disagree.
In another sense it is a huge risk. I'm risking my sense of self and confidence in my writing abilities. With each rejection, I could have very easily questioned my abilities and my confidence could have plummeted. Instead, I made these choices:
1. I wasn't the fit they were looking for. In other words, their choice was a better fit for their needs.
2. With each rejection, I'm motivated to continue to improve my craft by writing everyday.
3. By continuing to build my Get To It audience, I'm increasing my chances for future freelance writing opportunities.
4. My resume is ready to go.
5. I get to keep working at a job I enjoy until I'm writing full-time.
I sincerely feel it's all in the way we frame rejection. We can certainly play the victim or we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, learn from the experience, and move on.
I choose the latter.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.