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March 26, 2010

Rejection is not a four-letter word

Rejection is a part of character building…okay, how many times have those words reached your ears and eyes?  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received letters of rejection.  Years ago I almost succumbed to a sense of defeat by agreeing with the latency of the words.  But that was long ago and in many ways, so very far away.

Today I own a career management company where writing and editing is part of my daily life…oh what joy!  Additionally, many of my textbooks and support collateral is used in colleges and universities across the United States.  Along the way from way back then to now, a few lessons forged destiny and are now shared with you in hopes of bright skies.

  • Learn from rejection without becoming emotionally smothered by it.  This leads me to a time while at graduate school.  Professor Trigg led the most challenging composition class ever imaginable.  At the beginning of each semester approximately 20 students began her class.  At the conclusion of the semester, at most five were standing.  Her classes were filled with tension, stress, rewrites, poor grades, and all-nighters.  For those remaining to stand, the reward received was beyond anything that could be encountered from the typical or complacent professor.  So difficult and challenging the experience, I signed up for her classes three times (received an A each time).  How does this relate to rejection?  Progression comes with challenge; embrace the opportunity to grow.
  • Persistence is paramount.  For those with the passion to write, never stop submitting.
  • Honesty and freedom make for a great story.  While teaching at a local college, I insisted my students allow their voice (and the true voice of their characters) a room of their own (thank you Virginia).  

The above bullets reflect just a few of the lessons experienced over the years.  No doubt everyone has been through the same forest as I, but it’s nice to know you are not alone.  With this blog and opportunity, we have an area to share words, experiences, and stories.

I encourage all readers to take part and share their personal stories of challenge and, yes, even rejection, as well as the reward.  One ring stands true: together there is strength.  If there is anyway I can assist you, let me know.

Danny Huffman, MA, CEIP, CPCC, CPRW
Owner, Author, Publisher
Career Services International,
Education Career Services,
Creator, The Huffman Report,


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