Happy Fat Tuesday everyone. I know what you’re thinking.
"That title sound counter intuitive."
It all started two months ago.
After I was terminated by my previous job, I was applying for remote work jobs. Feeling pretty confident in my abilities, I figured “Well, it shouldn’t take me that long to find another job. I’m pretty competent enough.”
After 20 rejections later, I started to change my mind. I often questioned myself, “What am I doing wrong?” I even went to my adviser who helped me tune up my resume. My confidence brewed again.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was my last rejection letter from Buffer app. I’ve read the words in my head constantly over and over again like a broken record - “I hope you don’t take this personally.” Pfft. Another one in the pile.
My husband looked over my resume and said, “You are a very creative person. I don’t see why they are not hiring you.”
While I was surfing on Facebook, I came across this image that answered my “WHY” moment in my life. The very main reason why I still continue to be an entrepreneur:
Make a long story short (so this way I can spare you from the tears and the sappy stories about how terrible my job search went) - it gave me a creative idea to motivate others who are facing a similar dilemma. Maybe this counts as a revolutionary project. Would I qualify for World Peace? Maybe not. But hey, if I can make a difference in someone’s life, then my job is done.
Without further ado, I present to you…The Original Reject Button.
This is a made to order listing that’s available on our Etsy shop for $5.00. I do offer the ability to convert in different colors. Plus, it comes with a cool motivational card. Let your friends, family, pets, whoever you know about this. Join in the project. Would love to see some selfies! Remember to use the hashtag #proudrejectbutton in your social media profiles. My goal is to see how many people who have the courage to wear with rejections without shame.
P.S. - To any of the employers who are reading this article, I hope you don’t take this personally :)
You wake up, drink your cup of coffee, check your email, go to work and shuffle papers all day long. If the day is really good, you might go out for a walk when most of your work is completed.
And then the cycle repeats itself for the remaining days of the week.
It seems that we are creatures of habit.
For us? We’ve decided a long time ago that we don’t want to live in a 9-5 schedule and make our own rules.
Sounds risky? In my opinion, it’s not. Since starting the path of an entrepreneur, I found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve accumulated over the short time span.
I’ve had the opportunity on attending an event from my local college in New York this past week. My husband and I went to Pace University to see Gurbaksh Chahal speak at the Pace Entrepreneurship Lab. He is a well-known entrepreneur who sold three businesses starting at the age of 16. Chahal is also the author of his own book The Dream. I remember seeing him on the Fox TV reality show Secret Millionaire.
It was a great event. Not to mentioned that it brought back many memories when I used to attend to Pace. The atmosphere was very energetic - many young college students took the time off from their schedules to find out more about becoming an entrepreneur. And what a better way to have a guest speaker who have been collaborating with the university since 2010? What I liked about the event was that Chahal took his time to go in-depth of the “dos and don’ts” of starting your path of becoming an entrepreneur.
The message that resonated with all of us (including myself) was this - “Dream Big, Hustle Hard.” It’s a small statement with a positive impact. If you firmly believe in your passion, anything is possible. Sometimes you have to fail many times in order to succeed. There will be doors that will be shut. It’s up to you to find your path. Nothing in life was ever going to be easy. But it’s what you make of it and remain positive goes a long way.
Whatever you do, don’t give up. There’s a saying in the RPG world - if you’re facing enemies towards your path, you’re in the right direction. I don’t know what your “final boss” is going to be like. But I can guarantee you that when you find that obstacle, you will be able to overcome it. And when you at least suspect it, you will have allies that will support your dream.
I believe everyone has the opportunity to achieve greatness. Everything starts with baby steps.
Question of the day is - What will YOU do to start your path?