"Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better." -Dr. Steve Maraboli.

Being told "no," or "its not the right time for this," or "with some more experience, maybe," is something that happens to everyone. Sometimes the answer will be a simple, "no". Sometimes it will be a, "just not right now." Either way, rejection can sting.

Rejection is a part of life. There really is no way around it. It seems as life goes on and you get older, rejection comes in all shapes and sizes. How you handle and deal with that rejection is what can make or break a you.

You really have two choices: to let rejection make you a stronger person by not letting it destroy you, or let it destroy you. There is an easy road to take and a difficult road. Choose the road that will inevitably strengthen you as a person, not weaken you. In other words don't lose your self respect.

1. Realizing that rejection is a part of life and that it will inevitably affect you at some point in your life may help lessen the blow.

2. The fact that somebody told you, "no" does not mean that everyone will. This is the opinion of one person. Do not let it destroy you.

3. Lean on friends and family when times are tough. Find someone to help you talk through the issue. You always feel better after talking.

4. Keep busy with activities that make you happy or that you enjoy. Find new people or social groups.

5. Stop to reflect on what you can do better next time but keep following your dream.

6. Press on. By not getting up and trying again you are only doing yourself a disservice. If you are passionate about something, then just look for another person, time, or place to implement those passions. Find that open door, but don't try to pry open the closed door. You are too valuable for that.

"Rejection doesn't mean you aren't good enough; it means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer." -Mark Amend.

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