Going for It: Woman Warrior

Rejection leads to success

In 2003, I set my sights on a Fulbright scholarship to Costa Rica.  I lined up the best recommendations I could find, including a notable scholar at a university there. I wrote countless drafts of my proposal. My mentors and advisors affirmed my application and even the program coordinator at American University said I was a compelling candidate.  After a month of waiting with baited breath, I found out that I did not even make it the interview stage. 

Rejection is no fun. At the time, it felt like the worse kind of failure because it seemed personal.  As I look back, however, it doesn't feel like a failure at all.  Instead, I think about everything I learned putting together my proposal and the interesting people I met and who made an investment in me either by offering their guidance, feedback, or writing letters of recommendation.  Even seeing myself as a potential Fulbright scholar and really believing it was possible did wonders for my self confidence and morale.  

Chris Dixon, a venture capitalist and founder of Hunch.com wrote a great little blog post about this over the weekend.  He says, "If you are not getting rejected on a daily basis, your goals are not ambitious enough." I tend to agree and think maybe it's time for a bit more rejection in my life.  

What was your most valuable rejection? Feel free to share in the comments, or drop me a line on twitter @alexismichelle.


Alexis Rodich

 |  September 21, 2010; 6:28 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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