Responding to Rejection

A while ago I applied for a job on Craig’s List to do some writing on holistic nutrition. While I don’t subscribe to the lifestyle, I know a reasonable amount about it – more than your average person, but less than an expert – and I believe that being able to do research and write about anything is one of my most valuable skills as a writer. I interviewed with her, and she asked me to write a sample piece, which she’d pay me for, so she could make a final decision.

In the end, she went with another writer (rejection happens to the best of us) but I emailed her back, thanking her for considering me and letting her know I’d be happy to work with her in the future if she ever had any other projects she was looking for a writer for.

I haven’t heard from her since, but this weekend I got an email from another nutrition expert, who said she had recommended me. I spoke to him on the phone and he seems very interested in having me do some work for him. So, despite not getting the original assignment, my attitude about being rejected led to future assignments.

I’m pretty excited about the new project. But it goes to show that rejection doesn’t always mean what you think it means – sometimes, it’s really just not a good fit, and not that the potential client wasn’t impressed.

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