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Count Your Rejection Letters Proudly

How many times have you been rejected this week? Maybe we all need to push our comfort levels a little bit farther.

As you can see by the photo embedded above, one determined writer posted a rejection letter from The Paris Review along with a quote from writer and investor Chris Dixon: “If you aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis, your goals aren’t ambitious enough.” You can read more from Dixon and get some context on the quote at this link:

My most useful career experience was about eight years ago when I was trying to break into the world of VC-backed startups. I applied to hundreds of jobs: low-level VC roles, startups jobs, even to big tech companies. I got rejected from every single one … The reason this period was so useful was that it helped me develop a really thick skin. I came to realize that employers weren’t really rejecting me as a person or on my potential – they were rejecting a resume.

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