In life, you win some and you lose some. The same goes for your small business. As much as you will have successes, you also will experience failures. The important thing is to not let these hiccups define you. Failures are just that - hiccups - and adversity and rejection are amazing catalysts for evolution. Here are three tips to help you make it so.

  1. Don't let that rejection define you. Remember that rejection does not mean that you are a failure. Even the most successful of us are subject to disappointment and criticism. It's what you do with that criticism that counts. Think of rejection as an opportunity to improve and to grow both personally and professionally.
  2. Ask yourself, "Can I improve?" Did someone make a suggestion to you for future improvement? If the suggestion came from someone you trust, consider putting it to good use. If there is a lesson to be learned, find it and use it to determine if you're on the right path. Don't be afraid to get opinions from trusted advisors or mentors.
  3. Dust yourself off, and try again. Rejection does not mean the end of the line. Often, it's a challenge to see if you can find an alternative approach to a problem and then emerge a stronger, more capable, and more resourceful person.