Diary of a Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B Fan/Relentless Hustler…continuation…
Rejection is Part of the Game!!!
By Steve Clenor, BA, MSMS
On your road to riches and diamond rings, music industry hopefuls such as myself, deal with and learn a lot about life. If you're an up-and-coming artist, producer, dj, model, engineer, manager, or even label owner, rejection is going to be the biggest issue to deal with. As in all aspects of life, you may do everything right and still some people will not respect or accept your work. Makes it even harder though when the people that you know can change your life circumstances by just saying "yes" form their lips to say "no". That not only stings, it's hard to shrug-off, and some people are not able to recover from it. Some are able to accept it as a part of life, others have a harder time dealing with it. Honestly, is there anything better in life than working hard for something and finally your hard work is rewarded and recognized by those whom matter not only to you, but to the advancement of your career. So, when this does not take place and you realize that approval that you are seeking is not happening in a timely fashion, what's the best way to deal with that? In my opinion, best way to avoid getting down on yourself is to learn to accept that rejection is part of the game that you're playing.
How one responds to rejections tend to go a long way towards those whom make it to the top and those whom don't. If you look at some of the most successful people of all time in the industry, they all have their stories of success, but also of past rejections that made them who they are today. Not everyone is going to end up being in Jay Z's shoes, but as an up-and-coming artist, shouldn't you take some solace in the fact that he was rejected so many times that he had to start his own label to make it to where he is. Imagine if those rejections had deterred him from continuing to rap and make music, the world as we know it would of never known his greatness and savvy business mind. No matter how you feel about him, if you're a true fan of hip hop and rap, there is no way that you can deny that him top-five of all-time status. You can tell by my tone that I'm a fan of his, in-fact, he's the greatest off all-time to me. So, take a minute to analyze this, if he did not have the means or find his own way to make it in the music industry, he would of been an after thought, maybe even a waste of talent. Others would allow their subconscious to find faults in themselves and what they do, kick themselves when they are already down. This leads to allowing rejections to take over your decision making as well as your future. I tend to take most rejections as a matter of that person not wanting what I bring to the table, but however, there's others out there that will want it. That may sound a bit delusional, but quitting in my opinion is the worse thing you can do. Some rejections are just a matter of incompatibility and just others wanting different things at different times. Ultimately, the only thing that will stop you and your dream is you. Until you decide you no longer want to chase your goals, you still have a shot at success. Sometimes it's just a matter of being at the right place at the right time or meeting that one person in the world that believes in your dreams as you do. Before you rush to quitting, give your dreams a chance. Stop allowing rejections to slow you down, just press down on the gas pedal as if the stop signs don't even exist!
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