Dear Small Business Owner: How Thick is Your Skin?

How many times have you been rejected? Have you reached the point where your skin is so thick, it no longer penetrates?

Every entrepreneur, successful or not, knows what it feels like to be rejected. It doesn’t feel good.  The only difference between the two individuals is one knows how to harness the emotion of rejection and one doesn’t.

To play the “game” of entrepreneurship, one must know, understand, and appreciate rejection.

Most entrepreneurs who have achieved great success with tell you that rejection played a major role in their success.  You’re probably asking, how so?

Steve Jobs’ ideas were rejected by the Board of Directors of the company he created. Upon having a major disagreement in the direction Apple should take, they chose the C.E.O over him. Approximately ten years later, he had the technology they needed to get Apple back on track. They invited him back to be the interim C.E.O. The rest is history.

Tyler Perry’s scripts were rejected by all the major studios. He decided to create his own studio thereby developing, directing, and producing all of his own films. Jay Z was initially rejected by the music companies so he sold his CDs out of the trunk of his car and created his own record label, Roc-a-Fella records.

It’s something that makes you go, ummm.

When we have been rejected continuously, we begin to question our dream and our ability to carry it out. We ask ourselves, are we on the right path? Should I be pursuing this dream?

There is no rest for the weary.

Yes, you are on the right path. It’s just hard for others to “see” the value that you have to offer because it’s not their vision.  If you are passionate about a vision that will enable you to create value for others and yourself, then you are on the right path.

Don’t join them, beat them.

The lesson of rejection is usually not for us to question what we are doing, but how we are doing it.  It’s for us to create a new path.  Previously, we discussed to achieve paramount success, you must be a game changer. Well, this is where that principle comes into effect.

Steve Jobs, Tyler Perry, and Jay Z stories all serve as testimonials to what it means to be a game changer. Look at the rules of the game and how you can circumvent them so you can create your own opportunities!

Some wise person said, “the future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.”


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