How to become Resilient and handle rejections?

“How to become resilient and handle rejections?” asked one of my connections who had approached me for help in circulating his resume amongst my retail network.

Below was my reply to my connection which I am trying to narrate to you all in this article.

I narrated a quote from the famous Urdu poet Iqbal (1930s), who once quipped:

Khudi Ko Kar Buland Itna, Ke Har Taqdeer Se Pahelay 
Khuda Bandey Se Khod Poche, Bata Teri Raza Kiya Hai

Its literal translation for my readers who are not well versed with Urdu:

“Develop the self so that before every decree

God will ascertain from you: “What is your wish?”

These powerful words are so relevant in current times wherein there is so much pain in the corporate world, people are losing jobs in name of management jargon ‘corporate restructuring’. I am getting on an average 5-6 resumes every day in my mailbox from everywhere across region & world and hope the same is with my network connections.

This article is my attempt to alleviate some pain in people by inspiring them “to be the change that they want to see in the world”.

The answer lies within yourself

I recall a wonderful sentence which says “Change yourself and your perception and you see the whole new world opening its arm for you”.

I may be sounding too positive but I cannot help since my blood group is also “O positive- joking..”.

It’s my strong belief that it’s only by “Being Positive” we can overcome any challenges.

As a case study pedagogy (thanks to my teachers of Retail management course in IIM-A), I always love to follow and study cases from corporates as an example.

Case 1: Netflix:

Blockbuster refused to buy Netflix Netflix promoters were laughed out of the meeting for $50 million deal.

Today: Netflix is worth more than $100 billion (And where is Blockbuster?)

Case 2:(examples of being resilient)

George Bell, then, CEO of m/s Excite, refused to buy Google for $750,000

Today: Google is now worth more than $498 billion (and where is Excite?)

Case 3:

Ross Perot refused to buy Microsoft for $ 60million.

Today: Microsoft is worth $ 507 billion & growing daily (and nobody knows where Ross Perot is?)

Read my article on how to become Resilient and Persistent here.

Conclusion: Become Resilient

See the relevancy of Urdu poet Iqbal’s words in today’s business scenario.

“Develop the self so that before every decree

God will ascertain from you: “What is your wish?”

When people say NO to you, just keep going! Go all out and write your Destiny but Never Give up. 

Your time shall come wherein these people later will be telling everyone how they met you and wish they would have joined you!

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Contact me on in case you are looking at the fresh perspective of your business strategy, I would be glad to share my wisdom with my industry friends and connections.

About the author:

Ritesh Mohan is a passionate retail professional with over 20 years in the Retail sector, handling some of the biggest brands in beauty, fashion and fragrances retail & FMCG sector. He has been instrumental in the growth of some of the regional brands as well in the Middle East region. Ritesh specializes in Retail management, Product development, and Brand Management, Retail Operations, Sales Management, and Franchising & Business Management. He strongly believes in empowering business owners with his wisdom & experience of around two decades in the industry.