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If You Want To Become a Startup Founder, Get Ready To Face Rejection

Startup founders face endless rejection; be prepared to persevere through constant criticism


Mia Jones

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When Michael Jordan got cut from his high school basketball team, it hit him hard.

He went home feeling defeated, locked himself away, and let out his frustrations through tears. But instead of letting that rejection define him, he used it as fuel. It pushed him to work even harder, to prove himself, and to become the basketball legend we know today.

This experience taught him resilience, determination, and the importance of perseverance in the face of setbacks.

Can You Embrace Rejection?

The path of an entrepreneur is often paved with rejection and doubt from others. If you're considering becoming a startup founder, it's crucial to brace yourself for this harsh reality from the outset.

In the beginning stages, your brilliant business idea will likely be met with skepticism and criticism from friends, family, and colleagues. It’s easier for people to poke holes than to encourage ambitious ventures. Doubting is their default reaction, even when it’s cloaked in care and concern.

Even if you push past the initial rejection from your inner circle, you'll then face the challenge of finding early adopters for your product or service among potential customers. Attracting that first wave of buyers who see the value in your offering can be an uphill battle, especially if you're a first-time founder.

Should you decide to raise capital, be prepared for a litany of rejections from venture capitalists and investors. Many successful founders have had to endure hundreds of "nos" before finally securing funding for their venture.

As your startup gains traction and you look to scale your team, you'll invariably face more rejection from top talent you try to recruit. Exceptional professionals have their pick of opportunities, so convincing them to join your cause can be an arduous process.

Clenched Fists. Be Brave.

And if you do manage to beat the odds and build something truly remarkable and sustainable, there will always be doubters who attribute your success to mere luck rather than skill, determination, and execution.

The sobering truth is that rejection is an integral part of the entrepreneurial journey. It's a constant companion that never fully goes away, no matter how far you progress. If you have a hard time stomaching the word "no" and internalizing rejection, then the startup founder's path may not be for you.

Those who choose to embrace this harsh reality from the outset gain a key psychological advantage. An acceptance and expectation of rejection helps to build the resilience and thick skin required to persevere through the multitude of setbacks and criticism inherent to entrepreneurship.

While the prospect of constant rejection might appear demoralizing, it's simply par for the course in the high-risk, high-reward world of startups. As a founder, your conviction and belief in your vision will be tested at every turn. Channeling rejection into fuel for your motivational fire, rather than allowing it to derail your efforts, is what separates the few who achieve lasting success from the many who succumb to self-doubt.

If you're willing to become a startup founder, embrace the rejections that await.

They'll be as plentiful as the obstacles standing between you and entrepreneurial success. Prepare yourself accordingly.

About The Author

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Mia Jones

Lead Designer. Film-buff. Taker of walks.


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