Rejection Makes You Stronger

Reflecting on the time I got rejected from McDonald's, I share some thoughts on moving onwards and upwards after getting knocked down.



You failed. Now what?

You're going to fail. Period.

Everyone does.

Everyone has difficulties.

Instead of viewing yourself as a failure, move on and keep going.

What does it mean to be persistent?

To be ruthless, driven?

It means you don't give up on your goals.

Not when you struggle.

Not when you get rejected.

Definitely not when you fail.

You don't have control over what happens to you.

But you do have control over how you react.

Life will go a lot better for you if you learn from your failures and move on.

Life is way too short to dwell on your shortcomings.

Stop being a victim whenever something goes wrong.

Get up, brush yourself off, and try even harder.

Rejection is a part of life.

Get used to it.

One year ago I got rejected from McDonalds. ⠀

I had been living in Dublin for a month and couldn’t land a job. ⠀

21 years old, no college degree.

I sent out hundreds of apps and all I got was crickets. ⠀

I became so desperate that I applied to McDonalds. ⠀

That was a real low point for me.

I questioned my decision to take time off from college.

I wondered if I had any skills and if I would ever be able to get a job. ⠀

To top it all off, I couldn’t even get hired at a fast food restaurant. ⠀

Really? Was I that incompetent?⠀

It felt like a slap in the face.

I made the choice to persevere and not dwell on the situation. ⠀

I chose to believe in myself and keep trying.

I started walking into places in person.

Talking with managers.

Cold calling.

Sending my resume out to everyone. ⠀

That rejection made me work harder.

It made me assess what kind of job I actually wanted and was capable of. ⠀

I ended up landing a decent job as a teacher.

Now, a year and a half later, I have an awesome job.

I work with a great team, am the project manager of a new initiative, get paid to learn coding, and have the opportunity to develop my teaching skills. ⠀

I still think back to that day where I got McDonald’s rejection. ⠀

What if I had listened to those fearful thoughts? The ones that told me I’d never be good enough and that I could never become successful. ⠀

I’d probably be in the same place I was almost two years ago. ⠀

You can’t control everything in life, but you can control how you react. ⠀

Take life’s challenges and learn from them.

Let rejection make you work harder. ⠀

Believe in yourself.

Keep going.

Something incredible is always just around the corner.

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