Getting Used to Rejection

Getting Used to Rejection

When I was starting Summit Leaders I wrote dozens of letters to potential speakers.

In the nicest way possible they all said. NO.

I just got a lovely NO letter today. I used to get so discouraged. I assumed no one liked my plan. I must have missed God. Maybe this wasn’t really a vision he gave me.

But then something happened. One day someone said YES.

And then I got another YES, and another. I still get lots of NO’s, but just a few YES’s make things a lot more bearable.

If you are going to make a difference in this world you’ll need lots of people on board with the vision God gave you. But a lot of people you ask to get on board will say NO.

My advice: Get used to it.

But not in a Whoa-Is-Me-No-One-Will-Ever-Say-Yes, way.

Instead, I look at it this way.

  1. Those poor NO-people have no idea what they are missing out on.
  2. I just got the word out to an influential person about what I’m doing. One of these days they might just come around.

The road to YES is often paved with lots of NO. But don’t let that get you down. Keep charging ahead. You’ve got something important to offer the world for God’s glory and our joy.