Henry Ford quote on a laptop screen - The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing

Embracing Rejection

Rejection is an inevitable part of business. Whether it’s a rejected work proposal or an unsuccessful tender bid, it can be disheartening and demotivating for everyone involved.

But what if you could take rejection and turn it into something positive?  Obviously, it’s a good idea, but what are the actions you can take to make this happen, and positively respond to rejection to increase the chances of future success?

Don’t burn, but build your bridges 

Rejection can feel like a smack in the face but there’s potentially a lot to be learned from it.  Maintaining professionalism is the biggest challenge and you need to remember that people will talk.  While you or your business may not have been right for that particular piece of work, other opportunities may arise from the rejection, and a positive response could lead to future collaborations or recommendations.

It’s helpful to take some time to reflect and understand why you’ve been rejected, so you can learn from it for the future.  And asking for feedback is a critical step in the reflection process.

Feedback is a gift

As Henry Ford said, “the only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

Asking for feedback is an essential part of learning and growing for the future.  And if the potential client declines to give you feedback, it could be a sign of a narrow escape!  Business is a two-way collaboration, and feedback can help you understand whether the fit between you and your potential client is worth pursuing and whether you can improve to ensure success in the future.

Sharing feedback with your team is also essential – making the most of different perspectives and interpretation of feedback can help a future bid be more appropriate to the needs of potential clients.

Respond positively

Rejection is normal and part of any business journey, but it is how you respond to it that sets you apart.

By learning from feedback, you can transform rejected work proposals into the foundations of future success. Remember, setbacks are temporary and a great opportunity from which to develop and grow.