Other People's Rejection Letters
Relationship Enders, Career Killers, and 150 Other Letters You'll Be Glad You Didn't Receive
Rejection is everywhere these days. Given the state of our economy, given that banks and employers and credit card companies are saying no to anything that moves, you have to believe that more rejection letters have been written in the last two years than at any time in this country's 234-year history. With that in mind, I began collecting other people's rejection letters.
I looked at more than 700 letters, notes, text messages, and emails. As I flipped through those first few rejection letters I felt comforted, though not in the way I expected. There was no swell of Schadenfreude, no dark joy at the misfortune of others, no desire to say "nah-nah-nah-nah-nah." In fact, I saw that no one is alone in getting shot down in love and work and creative pursuits, not the pilot sent packing 15 times from NASA's astronaut program (he kept trying!) or the would-be novelist who mailed me most of the 64 "sorry, it’s not for us" notes her manuscript had earned her. I saw all these people taking beautiful chances with their lives.
Sample some Grade-A rejection in the privacy of your own home. Go ahead, spin the wheel. It's rejecteriffic!