So you have that excellent idea and you create the perfect masterpiece. You design that great product, service or art; you share it to those that you admire for them to acknowledge your work. You want them to sell your solution to the right audience. However, right in your very own eyes, your work gets rejected and you get turned down.
No one likes rejection; it is full of pain and drains self-esteem. It is a frightening experience
So just imagine if you were turned down not just once but 609 times. How would you take such situation? Do you give up and believe that it is meant to be or such situation happens for a reason? What do you do?
This is the situation that occurred in the life of Tom Torro.
Tom had dreamed of a career in the Entertainment industry and to fulfill his goal, he had gone to Film school. However after a period in his life, a shocking revelation came to his subconscious mind; he found out that he had chosen the wrong dream.
With this realization, came the state of confusion; he had come to a point where he had lost purpose on earth and did not know what to do with his life. He became depressed and had to drop out of Film school just to figure out his next direction.
However, faith smiled on him and one day while in a book sale in his hometown, he was re-joined to his long lost world of imagination. By looking at a cardboard and an old stack of magazines, Tom’s passion for Cartoons came back to him.
So Tom started drawing Cartoons and sent his work to the New Yorker. However, Tom received his first rejection. Shrugging it off, Tom tried again and sent again by post and he got another rejection again.
Yet Tom kept sending more posts. He would walk from his parent’s house to the mail office and mail off dozens of Cartoons which he sketched every week. He sent more posts and got rejection and more rejections. Tom even met the Cartoon Editor of the New Yorker but this did not stop Tom’s work from being rejected.
On the 610th drawing, after a year had passed, on Tom’s birthday, he went to check his email in his mom’s office and he received his success message “Cartoon Sold”. Yes! Tom had finally got his Cartoon to be published. Below is Tom’s First Cartoon That was Published in New Yorker
Today, Tom Torro draws regularly for the New Yorker. He succeeded after 609 rejections.
What The Cartoonist Teaches Us About Rejection
1. Adopt the Right Mind-set
There is a wise saying that success is 80% psychology and 20% strategy. Yes this is true. It is your mental capacity that determines your success.
Have the right mind-set; learn to put situations and challenges in the right perspective. Remember that your life is a process not a destination..
2. Use Rejection as an Opportunity to Get Better
Now there are times when you are the reason for your failure/rejection but there are other times when you are not responsible for such failure or rejection.
Let rejection be a data point to make progress…
3. You need to know that Success shortens with time
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
Do you think that it takes 610 or 10,000 tries to become successful?
Not necessarily! However, Success becomes exponential.
What I mean is that Success can be shortened with time.
Never see rejection as a destination but as an information to get better at your craft or achieving your goal. As you keep making mistakes and learning, you gather enough information to become a Pro. Read more…