10 minutes ago
I've always responded to rejection like i had been burned. i would pull away as fast as possible. immediately delete emails/messages/texts. eat takeout and drink copious amounts of wine. as though distantance would protect me from the sting.
story time: i didn't get the job i really wanted. i was so excited to get asked for a phone interview, and i prepared as best i could. you guys, the whole conversation lasted barely 7 minutes. it was rushed, awkward, the person was a tad rude. but still, when i got that email i was crushed. instinct took over and i went to hit delete...but then i paused. looked closer at the email (that was riddled with typos) and saw all the ways that this "no" might actually be a good thing. i then crafted the most professional email of my life, thanking him for the opportunity and sending my best wishes for organization.
my goal is to stop recoiling from burn of rejection. instead, i am going to practice dancing in the glow of rejection's fire. maybe roast some marshmallows. then put the fire out and move on.