Punch Rejection in the Face

Ever been told your efforts aren’t good enough?  Or, “Your idea is not quite what we’re looking for?”

Those conversations can be very demotivating. In fact, rejection downright sucks, and can sometimes cause you to abandon your dreams.

But did you know that some pop-culture stars we look up to today were once thought as "not good enough"? Check out these rejection letters photo lists from distractify.com. Among them is a 1979 letter from RSO records to the newly emerging group, U2. The letter states, “…we have listened with careful consideration, but feel it is not suitable for us at the present moment.”


Too bad for RSO because that “little” group they rejected has gone on to sell over 150 million records, win 22 Grammy Awards, (most of any band ever), and performed in the highest grossing concert tour in history.

A few more noteworthy rejections include:

Walt Disney - Fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas."

JK Rowling - Rejected by dozens, including HarperCollins, when a small publisher in London took a chance on Harry Potter.

Oprah Winfrey - Fired as an evening news reporter of Baltimore's WJZ-TV because she couldn't separate her emotions from her stories.

Steve Jobs - Fired from the company he started, Apple, but was desperately brought back in 1997 to save it. Apple is now the most valuable company in the world.

Abraham Lincoln - Demoted from Captain to Private during war, failed as a businessman, and lost several times as a political candidate before becoming President.

So. Some of your BIG IDEAS been rejected lately? Cry it off. Get back up. Make a better version of your original plan. PUNCH REJECTION IN THE FACE, and give it another shot. If you're a follower of Jesus Christ, throw in a few days of prayer and fasting, then PUNCH rejection in the face again with some Jesus-power!

Maybe years from now, some young kid who has just been rejected will go online, google your story and go, "You know what? If he/she could punch rejection in the face, then I'm giving this another shot!" 

→ → TALKBACK: What dreams or plans of yours have ever been put down? How are you feeling about pressing on after reading this?