We’ve talked about times where you should say no, but it’s just as important to learn to hear others say no to you in the right light. Chase Jarvis explains that hearing “no” doesn’t have to be a blow to your self-esteem or your ego. Instead, let it be a driving force to push you forward.
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It’s easier said than done, but Jarvis says that “no” is a powerful motivator if you know how to handle it. You can use it to force yourself into changing the plan or angle you have for your work, or just as a way to whittle out the people who don’t understand your vision. He also reminds us that the things worth doing aren’t always easy: the more you hear no, the better you’ll get in the long run.
Even so, it’s difficult to get rejected when pitching your work or selling your boss on a new tool or idea for getting your job done. How do you handle professional rejection? Leave your tips in the comments.