I believe that we all have been rejected at one point in our lives, at least, I have. So what do you do when rejection happens? Do you hide back in your shell or get right back up again?
Meet Brian Acton, the one-time Facebook reject I read about some years back. I remembered his story when I thought about giving up.
After being rejected by Facebook.
Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life's next adventure.
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) August 3, 2009
Got denied by Twitter HQ. That's ok. Would have been a long commute.
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) May 23, 2009
Brian didn’t allow that dissuade him from his goals. Instead, he tried again and together with a colleague they created something phenomenal – they created Whatsapp!
Fast forward to 2014, the same company that rejected him announced that they were buying Whatsapp for a jaw-dropping $19 billion – the most Facebook had ever paid for a startup, making Acton $3 billion richer. The irony!
Now imagine if he got the opportunity to work at Facebook, I can bet that nobody would have remembered his name, save his colleagues at work. But Brian’s story teaches us the significance of not giving up after a rejection.
The truth is if you quit trying, your fears will come true, but if you keep trying, good things can happen, sooner or later, the odds can pile up in your favor.
Final words: Anytime you get to the point of giving up just remember Brian, the man that got rejected for a 6-figure job only to get a 10-figure payout four years later.