When I decided to take up writing as a profession, I sought advice from an experienced friend. The only piece of advice I got from her was to learn to deal with rejections. She told me that frustration and adversities would be my permanent companions and I should first learn to tackle them before dreaming of becoming a writer. Today, I know what she meant by those words and I am thankful that I listened to her.
Life of a content writer – handling rejections and setbacks
Rejections are a part of our life. Our posts are often rejected because the client is not happy with the quality. Often it happens that I am unable to understand his requirements and deliver accordingly. Some clients are too strict and hard to please. Whatever be the case, every project that I accept comes with a probability of getting rejected. It feels bad no doubt when I find my hours of hard work going into the recycle bin. But I cannot complain as I know that I have to carry on. That’s resilience for me.
Learn to bounce back when hit the bottom
Now, I didn’t learn to be positive in one day. In the initial phase, there had been instances that I had stopped writing after a project got disqualified. Negative feedbacks would break my confidence. I would smart for days over a single negative comment from a reader. However, with time I developed myself. Now, nothing can stop me. I have learnt to bounce back every time I hit the bottom.
I practice thought awareness
I have observed that setbacks or failures affect our mind too badly. We keep on thinking about the negative comments and that affects the confidence. I have conditioned my mind to not dwell on the negativity. Whenever I face any obstacle, I think about positive things. I recall the project for which I earned positive reviews, I think of my readers who wait for my weekly blog posts and above all I thank for being in such a challenging profession.
I try to learn from my mistakes
Every project gives me ample opportunities to learn. Whenever a client gives a negative feedback I make a note in my journal to not repeat the mistake. Through the years I have learnt to clarify all my doubts so that I understand what the client expects from me. This way, I have developed my own way of handling projects.
I choose how I react
This I find is essential in achieving success. I maintain cordial relationships with my clients. I always try to understand their perspective and when I cannot conform to their ideas I differ but politely. I have seen that by being open to discussion and feedback has helped me to please my clients.
I set SMART goals
Yes, I always set goals as a part of my daily work. Achieving my goals make me more confident. It boosts my self-esteem and helps me in thinking positive.
Keeping negative thoughts at bay
Handling failures, digesting negativity and tackling adverse situations teach us that life is not a bed of roses. You have to toil and earn your own place here. At the end of the day, I feel satisfied for giving a good fight and keeping negative thoughts at bay.
About the author – Koyel Majumder – A writer with an eye for perfection. She is a content writer from Mumbai, India with over 6 years of experience of writing web content, blogs and articles. When she is not writing, she will be reading for ideas that would help her to remain up to date. In short, she lives and dreams words and finds this writer’s world fascinating.