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Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO by Beverly E. Jones

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35 Snap Out of it: Coping with Career Rejection

A highly qualified professional went after his dream job. Paul* has an extraordinary record of accomplishment, and he was confident that he’d be the winning candidate. Then he felt devastated when he didn’t get the job. Paul wrote me about the intensity of his reaction.

“I hate how this news makes me feel,” Paul said. “Not only did I miss out on a job that I really wanted, but the company hired someone against whom I stacked up very well.”

“Aside from frustration and sadness, I also have second-order emotions about this decision,” Paul said. “Namely, I’m angry at myself for feeling sad and frustrated. These aren’t becoming emotions of a gentleman, and certainly I know rationally that they aren’t ...

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