Last summer I graduated university with an English and Creative Writing degree. Due to lack of funds I decided not to do a Masters degree, which means I’m officially a graduate who needs to start figuring out ADULT LIFE! (spoiler: it’s scary and I don’t feel prepared! Help!)
To give myself that little push in the right direction, I’ve set a new goal that I want to achieve in the first year of being a graduate: Collect 100 rejections.
I hear you think, “Rejections? You want to get hired and land those gigs, right? Ain’t that a little backwards?” but bare with me…
Why 100 rejections?
A couple of months back, when I was finishing off my dissertation, I saw this tweet. It really stuck with me and made me very curious about doing something similar.
That tweet lead me to an article named “Why you should aim for 100 rejections a year” by Kim Liao. In the article she describes her year of collecting rejections and the great things she’s learned from it. Not only did she learn a lot from it, she also landed a lot of gigs and jobs she never thought she could land.
Outside the comfort zone
I’m going to have to get comfortable with the uncomfortable by putting myself outside my tiny comfort zone. And think about it like this, while trying to collect these rejections, you’re bound to get a few acceptions too! Maybe even more than you would expect. But you’ll never know if you don’t put yourself out there. Opportunities rarely come your way, you need to find them.
I want to apply to jobs I might not feel exactly qualified for, I want to reach out to brands to collaborate with when I’m kinda scared they don’t think my little website is good enough, I want to start sending off my novel to publishers and agents even though I’m worried they might not like it. Because getting out of that comfort zone can only lead to really amazing things.
You can learn from rejections. One of the main things that my Creative Writing degree has taught me is that you should always aim for feedback, not for perfection. My first year at university was incredibly tough, because I wanted to write perfectly rather than wanting to improve. Learning how to accept feedback and making the switch from wanting praise to wanting to improve has probably been the most important thing I learned from my degree.
Like Samuel Beckett once said: “Fail. Fail again. Fail better.”
Who is joining me in collecting 100 rejections in the next 12 months?
What other things can you do/have you done to force yourself out of your comfort zone?
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