How to Handle ‘€œNo’€

Every woman who has broken a barrier to success has heard the word “No!” – and pushed forward anyway. Just ask New York Times bestselling author (and PINK Event panelist) Emily Giffin.

“I received a dozen rejection letters from publishers,” Giffin, author of Something Borrowed tells PINK. “I seriously contemplated giving up… but instead, I decided to try again.”

She has since had five novels on the New York Times Bestsellers List and six million copies of her book have been printed worldwide.

When you are confronted with rejection, listen to critics, then reflect on the truth of what’s being said and assess your other options, suggests Careerealism. Keep it professional but don’t give up: “no” often isn’t the final word.

Women like Giffin, who turn “no” into “yes,” find it helps to forge on; performing at your best following rejection. They try not to take it personally and regroup to concentrate on alternate goals or opportunities.

Experts suggest managing your frustration, using rejection as a motivator to bounce back and remember that every “no” brings you closer to a “yes!”

PINK Profile: Emily Giffin, PINK”s Top Woman of the Week, tells how she went from high-powered lawyer to bestselling author and what it took to follow her passion.

Minute Mentor: Janis Cannon, VP of Brand Management at Indigo Hotels, shares how to overcome your most embarrassing work moments.

By Muriel Vega

“’No’ is merely an invitation to try again.” Cynthia Good

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