There Is No Surrender

Leet De-Deet Articles, News There Is No Surrender

No matter what you’re writing, you will inevitably face rejections and refusals, but learning to see “No” as valuable feedback can take your efforts to a new level. Regardless of how often we hear “no” it’s a tough thing to take. Remember, don’t give up, there’s no surrender!

Over the years, I’ve had as many rejections as anyone else, especially as an author who doesn’t have a “celebrity” name. Here are some ways I’ve learned to cope with this situation:

  1. It’s Only Their Opinion — When someone tells us that what we’re attempting can’t be done, we tend to think they’re right. What I’ve learned is to look at that “no” as just that person’s opinion. It isn’t good or bad, it’s just data coming in to me so I can analyze it and make my next move smarter. What I’ve received is valuable feedback that can help me to find a new and different approach.

    Don’t let a “no” undermine your confidence, your belief in the value of your product, idea, book, or ability. Go out and resell it again!

  2. Don’t Get Defensive — It’s okay to get angry when rejected, but what’s not okay is to make excuses or try to persuade the other party that they’re wrong. Use your anger to get yourself going again. Let that “no” create a sense of urgency to find a better way.

    Take action to prove that the other person is wrong. Instead of getting depressed when rejected, take up the challenge and vow to solve the problem to demonstrate that you were in the right all along.

  3. Let History Be Your Guide — If people are laughing at your ideas, ask yourself why that might be. Is your idea just ahead of its time? Or is it because you haven’t expressed your concept well enough or demonstrated to prospects how they’re going to benefit in the long term? Understand that it takes time for every new idea or product to gain acceptance.

    When Alexander Graham Bell said he had found a way for people living thousands of miles apart to communicate, other people scoffed and said it couldn’t be done. But the rest as they say, “is history.” Examples like this one teach us that people who have been laughed at and told “no” have managed not only to achieve their goals, but also to surpass them.

In the past, hearing “no” from a prospective publisher probably would have sent you into a tailspin. Now, you can try to embrace that rejection and try to learn from the experience.


Founder of coInnovate Digital & Design Group, a creative marketing agency, Melanie is also the lead developer of Leet De-Deet.

When not performing her duties for this website and at coInnovate, she spends her free time creating books for kids and her fellow technologists.


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