I'm feeling scared of rejection

Putting myself out there, whether for projects, new jobs or new relationships, scares the shit out of me. Rejection is not an option.

In the Moment

Rejection is scary, but it’s also totally normal.

 

Always ask for feedback, and remind yourself that there’s always another opportunity just around the corner.

Read

“The 9 things I’ve learnt about mental health from working in the creative industries”, by Holly Kielty

Actionable tips for confronting anxiety in the creative industry, from Holly Kielty, Creative Strategy Director at Design Bridge.

 

From removing barriers to success and being comfortable with being vulnerable, to asking for help and looking after that brain of yours – these are some great eye-openers for those who might be struggling right now.

Listen

The Argument Podcast

Another good podcast from The New York Times, pitting two or three hosts of varying political persuasions against each other to argue their case.

 

Keeps you in the loop with American politics, might get you a bit mad, and helps to see things from varying perspectives.

Watch

Manchester by the Sea, on Amazon Prime

Starring the younger Affleck brother, this moving film explores one mans depression and grief and how he turns this into a positive.

 

Although the protagonist suffers a profound loss, it’s one of those movies that makes you realise that if you persevere, even the largest obstacles are able to be overcome.

 

You may cry, but the underlying sentiment is overwhelmingly positive and will sit with you for a while.

 

The film was widely considered one of the best films of 2016, and Casey Affleck won a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role. So, don’t just take our word for it, everyone else loved it too.

Do

Accept Failure

Accept the possibility of failure, and accept that it’s ok to fail. Once failure is ‘OK’ in your mind, and you’ve accepted it’s a possibility, it will seem much easier to manage. Some of our favourite projects have been riddled with setbacks, but if they hadn’t happened, then chances are those projects wouldn’t be our favourites anymore.

 

Failure isn’t inherently bad, and it’s a fact of life. Thanks to failure, we know how to improve and move on.

 

Look at failure as a learning curve and an opportunity to improve, not a daunting setback.

Talk

Talk to Someone Familiar

It feels good to speak your feelings, but it can be hard to do.

 

Reach out to someone you know. A colleague, a friend or a family member. Then get your frustration or your worries off your chest.

 

Keeping these feelings in often just makes things worse, but talking about them can help you rationalise the issues and either address or move forward from them.