100 rejection goal

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.

100 rejections

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.

100 rejection goal

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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30 comments on “Collect 100 Rejections | Graduate Goal”

  1. I love this! Sometimes I apply for jobs that are way out of my league just to see what will happen if anything at all.

    You’re super brave for having 100 rejections as your goal but I honestly believe that it’ll all be worth it in the end, you’ll achieve the right mindset and truly value the right job when it comes a long.

    Good luck!

    Kate | cakeandcoast.com


    • Thank you so much! It’s definitely a scary challenge, I hate getting rejections and the way they make me feel. But that’s why I think this is a great idea for me, cause it’ll channel that bad enegery and changes it to something more positive!

  2. Oh wow! This is so amazing! I never thought of it like that! I always run away from things that I believe I won’t get! Thank you for opening my eyes to this amazing concept ❤️

    Anne x

  3. This is a great idea and the perfect way to get out of your comfort zone. I think we as people fear rejection so this is a good way to face that fear head on and get more used to it.

  4. Wow!! That’s amazing n I was searching this kind of stuff since my rejection period started. Thanks for this, now m also ready to face rejection that will be infact one step nearer to my goal.

  5. This is exactly what I needed to hear!! I graduated in 2015, but I’m in the situation you describe today.
    I quitted my job in June to get some further certifications in Digital Marketing (what I want to do), so now, I have to look for another job as I just finished the courses…
    Even after 3 years of experience, I still hear that I don’t have enough experience… but I’m still applyong like hell haha

  6. Wow this is SO interesting! I have never thought about rejection this way and it’s a real eye opener, I cannot wait to hear how you get on with this & how many acceptances you actually get! Finishing uni is a funny time, you aren’t really sure how to do the ‘adult thing’ but as an (old, sob) 32 year old believe me you will get there! Thanks for writing such a thought- provoking post.


    • Thank you for the comment! Glad you got something useful out of it ^^ I’m glad it’s a common thing, to feel like you don’t really know what to do haha! I think you’ll just get better at pretending you know what you’re doing haha!

  7. I love this! I’m a junior in college and as I come closer to graduating I get more and more nervous about finding a job after. Going outside my comfort zone is something thats always been really hard for me so its good to not here that I’m alone. I feel like this is exactly what I needed to read right now with how I’ve been feeling lately.

  8. I just started this challenge too, inspired by Jia Jiangs Ted Talk!! I’ve gotten 1 rejection and 1 acceptance in 2 days!

    I’m so going to take all the chances and apply for all the things now!

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