This week we’re celebrating rejection and failure. Are we crazy? Probably, but there’s something to be said for trying and trying again. Have you applied for a job in the last 20 years? Most job seekers report hearing absolutely nothing. A rejection at least says there is possibility.
Then we’re inspired by a true mentor-mentee success story. Grab a tissue for this one.
Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections A Year
Writer Kim Liao on flipping your perspective on submissions, and failing best. In Literary Hub the author describes the advice she’s gotten to just keep submitting, even celebrating the rejections.
“Collect rejections. Set rejection goals. I know someone who shoots for one hundred rejections in a year, because if you work that hard to get so many rejections, you’re sure to get a few acceptances, too.”
As well as her colleagues, she outlines the advice from the likes of Stephen King who, when he was in high school, sent out horror and sci-fi fantasy stories to pulpy genre magazines. For the first few years, they all got rejected. He stabbed his rejection slips onto a nail protruding from his bedroom wall.
Hat Tip: Sidekick
This Twitter thread from serial entrepreneur and investor Kevin Lee is an uplifting story of a long-term mentoring relationship. When the “student” first made a cold introduction he was homeless, but quite ambitious. Flash forward many years and to many successes later, and the mentor seems to have learned as much as the mentee.
Our favorite tools and resources for expanding your network, staying in the know, learning new skills, and making your next move.
- Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking (or trying anything for that matter). Sage advice from one of Ansel Adams’ assistants.
- On Writing: Stephen King’s classic bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.
- Preparing For A Career Transition After 50: Since launching two weeks ago, John Tarnoff’s new course has reached over 12,000 learners on LinkedIn Learning. See what all the excitement is about.
- Making Stuff: From creativity coach Thomas Deneuville, this twice monthly newsletter has just enough inspiration to keep moving forward on your masterpieces.