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A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

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chapter 19BE RESILIENT AFTER REJECTION

“Creative greats have the resilience and drive to not get beaten down by ‘losing’ at a creative challenge. Just like athletes, they have the tenacity to get up, dust themselves off and refuse to quit. This mindset of determination is key to the creative process.”

—CHRISTOPHER BERGLAND, FROM PSYCHOLOGY TODAY BLOG, “THE ATHLETE’S WAY”

Let’s not sugarcoat it: Rejection hurts. Sometimes it has the power to steal your breath, jamming a fist into that tender part of your creative confidence. At its worst, it can convince you that you should give up—who were you to think that you knew what you were doing anyway?

So you may have to suspend disbelief when I tell you that rejection is an important part of cultivating ...

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