Nobody likes the word NO.
It sucks, usually, when you want something and you just can’t have it.
No… you can’t have that job.
No… I won’t pay you $70k a year so you can pay off your student loans of a million dollars.
No… you can’t have that slice of pizza.
But let’s face it…
NO is definitely a word that we need to get used to.
Especially us young people at the very start of our careers.
Now, I won’t lie… I’ve always been one of those people who hates rejection.
I HATED applying for jobs and getting back that super annoying e-mail…
“Thank you for your interest…blah…blah…blah…but unfortunately, we’ve decided to move forward with other candidates that better qualify…blah…blah…blah.”
Translation: YOU ARE A LOSER.
I hated it SO much that for a long time, I just stopped applying.
Even to jobs that I really wanted.
Because I figured that at the very least, my inbox wasn’t full of rejection e-mails.
Life was good!
But after a while, I noticed that I wasn’t getting any offers either.
How could I? I wasn’t applying!
You see…that scary and vulnerable position that we put ourselves in that quite often leads to rejection…it’s the SAME position that also gets you what you want.
When it comes to your career, you need to learn to love the word NO.
Or at the very least, you need to stop being scared of it.
Because your career is NEVER going to be handed to you.
You can’t just sit back, play X-Box all day, and expect that someone’s going to knock on your door and offer you your dream job.
That’s not the way it works.
You have to WORK for your career.
You have to ASK for what you want.
You have to take CHANCES.
And while you’re doing this, you’re going to hear NO every once in a while.
Maybe even all the time.
But it shouldn’t discourage you…
Because it means that you’re doing something right.
Think about it…
If you’re facing rejection…if you’re hearing the word NO…it means that you’re putting yourself out there.
It means that you’re taking chances. It means that you’re asking for what you want.
Sure, you’re giving other people the opportunity to say NO to you.
But you’re also giving them the opportunity to say YES.
So don’t be afraid of rejection.
Learn to love it.
Because the more you hear the word NO, the less it’ll affect you.
And in the long run, you’ll take more risks.
And you’ll take more chances.
And you’ll ask for what you want.
And you’ll get it.