We all face rejection in some form or the other. We experience rejections in our relationships and work. In the startup world, we seek collaboration and investors. It can feel like a nasty sting when our ideas are met with a hard “no”. However, rejection is a natural part of life.

Our CEO of D8ii, Jayson Ho, often says that rejection is a form of growth. We must learn and build upon it, rather than getting our hopes down. Here are some tips when you deal with rejection not only in your work, but everyday life:

Don’t Take it Personally

When we open up or approach someone, it is natural to react emotionally. Many people it personally because when we get rejected, it feels like they are rejecting you. It can be quite a downer. In actuality, rejection is rarely personal. Rejection reflects the other person and less about you because the request does not meet his or her needs.

Thus, it is important to take emotions out of the equation when facing rejection. Rather, think of it objectively. When you remember that rejection is not about you as a person, you will avoid mixing emotions with it.

Learn, learn, and learn

Jayson Ho encourages learning whenever possible–when facing rejection, try to learn from it. He often says that he views life as a great learning curve, especially when it comes to obstacles. When you view rejection from a learning standpoint, you can actually better yourself.

Take time to reflect to pinpoint what went wrong and what you can improve on. Then, plan on how you are going to correct these things. When you do this, you will find yourself better prepared for the next time you are faced with a “no”.

Rejection as growth

Instead of viewing rejection as a setback, view rejection as progression. Oftentimes, we believe rejection is like reaching dead end–we feel like we have wasted time and energy when we have not met our goals. However, that is not the case.
We should treat rejection as growth because we can learn, improve, and better ourselves. When you have this mindset, rejection can actually be a vital tool in your progress to success.

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