My football coach used to tell the defensive lineman that it is not a sin to be knocked down, it is a sin to stay down. No matter how bad we were being beaten on any particular play, he wanted us to continue to fight to make a play. When you pursue an opportunity that is of high interest, fully prep for the interview, and still do not get the offer, it can feel like you were knocked down by a 300 lb. lineman. And although you may want to stay down, you need to get back up.
All of us have felt the sting of rejection at some point: rejection letter from college, thanks-but-no-thanks letter from HR, or flat-out “no” on a sales pitch or entrepreneurial launch. When one works so hard to achieve a result that ultimately ends in failure, how did you bounce back?
With today’s tough job market, bouncing back from rejection is necessary skills. The following article provides some advice on how to bounce back from a difficult rejection. Being knocked down by the 300 lb. lineman is tough, but getting back up knowing you will probably get knocked back down takes courage. At some point in the exchange, you will win as long as you keep getting back up.