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If You Want to Succeed, Don’t Be Afraid of Rejection

This is part III of my blog series on “Succeeding in Life”. Part I of my blog series I talked about succeeding by reaching out to others. Successful people dread rejection too, but they believe their goals are worth it. There are two kinds of people in your life: 1. those who already know you have something they need; and 2. those who do not know yet. Part II of my blog series I talked about succeeding by having faith that you can do so. No one else will believe in your success as much as you do and no one will give you the drive to succeed but you. You have to have the faith to know that you are already a success and no matter what anyone else says, you will be successful in everything you do.

Rejection is a funny thing sometimes the results can be positive or negative, depending on how someone responds to it. Jesus experienced more rejection than anybody who ever lived, but He never quit. John 1:11, ” He [Jesus] came unto His own and His own received Him not”. Sometimes the word “no” simply means “not now, but ask again”. A prime example of this is that I recently bid on a contract to assist a non-profit organization with completing their business plan, 501(c)(3) application, and setting up their non-profit, but I did not get the contract. I was not mad or upset because a member of the Board of Directors stated that he would keep my information on file for future business and he would refer me to his brother who has a similar organization in my area. See a “no” turned into to “yes” for future business opportunities.

Do not allow rejection to stop you. Only when you see failure as final, are you finally a failure. Not everyone will like you, but you will survive. John 1:12 “But as many who received Him [Jesus], to them He [gave] the power to become the sons and [daughters] of God”. Someone needs what you have, it is absolutely necessary to their success. Great salespeople know that 14 out of 15 people will say “no”. So they hurry and make their presentations to as many people as possible, in order to reach that one who will say “yes”.

Matthew 10:14 “Jesus said, ‘Whosoever shall not receive you….shake off the dust of your feet'”. When you encounter rejection, shake it off and move on. Sooner or later you will succeed, if you don’t quit. Because someone rejects what you have to offer doesn’t mean they are rejecting you. Opportunity and opposition are hand in hand.

Life is not going to hand you success on a silver platter, you’ve got to overcome adversity and outlast the opposition in order to walk through the door. Only two things are required your faith and God’s favor.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience. She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Contact information:,, and



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