What To Do When You Keep Getting Told “No”
It’s tough isn’t it?
I’ll be the first one to admit that. When you’re working in a field like this – as in, the field of your dreams – there are no guidelines, no rules, no path that has been laid out for you. Unlike any other profession, being an entrepreneur means you’re paving a new path for yourself. And if you’re smart, you’re creating something that doesn’t already exist!
You’re doing it your way. You’re finding that gap and offering up a solution that will help your clients.
But here’s the clincher, it’s tough. You’re bound to run into challenges, problems and that booming word ‘NO’.
I have experienced this LOTS! Not only in my journey as an entrepreneur but I got this A LOT as an actor.
I would say that for every hundred auditions you go to, you may get one or two YES’s. The rest…are nos. And you’ve got to be OK with that. You’ve got to take it on the chin and realize that it’s not that you suck as an actor – you got a no simply because you weren’t right for the part.
When I pitched myself to Hollywood agents and managers, I would’ve emailed at least 100 or so across LA. Most I didn’t even hear back from, others gave me the usual response of ‘we’re not taking any new clients on board’. But out of those 100, I managed to land myself about five meetings. And of those five meetings I was able to narrow it down to about three possible partnerships, which eventuated to me signing with my US manager.
I consider being a professional actor my professional training in being OK with no’s, because it’s the same with testing and trying things in your business.
Essentially though, the point is that you are going to get no’s. That’s a given. It’s what you do with them that counts.
Do you believe in your business and product enough to keep going?
Do you KNOW deep down that what you have to offer is needed?[bctt tweet=”Rejection is a necessary step in the pursuit of success ~ Bo Bennett” username=”@racheljhuxtable”]
I was reading Richard Branson’s autobiography over the weekend and when he began his very first business venture, a magazine called Student, he ran it for two years without ever making a profit. But when they were first getting off the ground and trying to sell advertising space to businesses, he was making cold calls for one whole year before they got their first cheque!
ONE WHOLE YEAR before ever seeing a dime of success.
So here’s is my big tip. If you’re going to be out there, putting yourself, your business, your products and your services out there into the world – you’ve got to believe in them one hundred percent!
If you don’t know why your business exists, how you’re different and what you’re offering…it’s very difficult to back your idea. If you KNOW how your unique offering fills a gap and provides a solution …then you’ve got something! You’ve got to back it…even when everyone else is saying NO, you at the very least have to always be saying YES!
Do your research. Know your market. Know what the people in your market want. And make sure you can meet those needs with what you’re offering!
Now it’s time to hear from you!
How have you dealt with no’s in your business?
What specific things did you do to deal with the rejection?
Join the conversation and add your comment below. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Remember, you can do this! I know it’s hard sometimes and there’s a ton of people out there doing the same thing, and there’s a lot of challenges and no’s. But that’s why we’re here isn’t it? To prove that it can be done!
KEEP GOING FOR YOUR DREAMS!!