How to use rejection as an accelerator to your success

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How to use rejection as an accelerator to your success

How to use rejection as an accelerator to your success

Over the 20 years plus of running our presenter courses, one of the things we find that holds presenters back from their success is the fear of failure or rejection. So they never take any chances or risks. They won’t apply for castings because they feel in their mind they have already failed the audition or won’t get the job, or they’re worried they’ll get told they’re not quite good enough, this is before they have even applied. Some presenters who do take action and apply, get to the audition stages to then get rejected then give up too soon.

Here are 3 tips to help with rejection: 

  1. Accept that rejection happens. Everyone goes through it. Yes everyone. Even the most successful people and presenters have been rejected too. Rejection is simply part of life and in order to grow and to become more successful, we must step outside our comfort zone. Rejection rarely personal. You might be rejected through no fault of your own, the producer might decide to go with a presenter with a different accent, hair colour, or sex.
  2. Learn from it. The best thing about being rejected is that it can help facilitate change. Maybe you were rejected because you weren’t prepared. If so, you’ll be prepared next time. Maybe you didn’t quite have the skills needed for the role, so decide to improve or learn new skills. But look at rejection as a way of learning, be open to feedback nobody likes criticism but you can’t move forward and get better without critique.
  3. Double your rate of failure. If you want to increase your success rate, you need to double your failure rate. The only way to stop fearing failure is to fail a lot. If you’re not failing regularly, it’s a sign you’re probably not pushing yourself hard enough not going out of your comfort zone, and playing it safe. Double your failure rate and watch your success grow.
Some famous people who ‘failed’ before they succeeded

1. Beyoncé lost on “Star Search” in 1993. – The group, who would later become known as Destiny’s Child, appeared on a 1993 episode of “Star Search” — but lost to the Skeleton Crew.

2. Oprah Winfrey was told she was “unfit for TV – At age of 22, the now global TV Star was fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for TV.”

3. Steven Spielberg got rejected from film school … three times. He was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended another school, only to drop out and become a director before finishing. Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to complete his work and earn his BA.

4. The Beatles were dropped by their record label. Decca Recording studios, who had recorded 15 songs with the group, said
“we don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. They have no future in show business.” How wrong were they? The Beatles are the best-selling music act of all time.

5. Lewis Capaldi auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent, but never got passed the first stage, he said the producers confirmed they would bring him through to the next round, but he never received another phone call. The now star singer-songwriter was discovered by self-releasing a track on Soundcloud which caught the attention of his now manager.

We discussed this on our presenter webinar on Saturday. You can Rewatch the session in full ‘How to use rejection as an accelerator to your success’ in our members area. https://casite-1345622.cloudaccess.net/membership/.