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Broadcast Legend’ Casey Stern Discusses Dealing with Rejection

Casey Stern is a broadcasting legend, and he knows all about rejection.

Rejection is inevitable in life. Whether you’re striving for a promotion at work, pitching a business idea, or pursuing your passion, you’ll encounter challenges and setbacks that test your resilience. But instead of letting the fear of rejection hold you back, you can use it as a catalyst for growth and learning. In this blog post, we’ll explore why rejection is an important part of the success journey, how to cultivate a growth mindset, and practical tips for bouncing back stronger after a setback.

One of the biggest barriers to success is the fear of rejection. It’s natural to feel disappointed or discouraged when someone says “no” to your ideas or proposals. But the truth is, rejection is not a reflection of your worth or potential. It’s simply part of the process. When you learn to embrace rejection as a necessary part of growth, you can start to see it as an opportunity to refine your skills, perspective, and approach. Whether it’s a rejection of a job offer, a client, or a creative project, resist the urge to take it personally, and instead seek to understand what you can learn from the experience.

Casey Stern, the host of the Unfiltered podcast on the Bleav Podcast Network, has spent over twenty years in the sports media business, and he says “I think the ability to hear the word no, because you’re going to hear it often,” says Stern. “It’s not an easy world to live in. There’s going to be a lot of no’s, and you have to be really determined, and really believe in yourself.” Stern continued “I think you have to be humble and be able to learn. That’s one of the things I’ve learned in this business, and I continue to be humble now twenty years in.” 

Failure is not the end of the road – it’s a detour on the way to success. Every time you fail, you gain valuable insight and experience that will help you improve the next time around. Whether it’s a product launch, a marketing campaign, or a personal goal, look for opportunities to evaluate what worked and what didn’t. Keep asking yourself questions, such as: What could I have done differently? What were the biggest obstacles I faced? What did I learn about myself and my strengths and weaknesses? By reflecting on your failures, you’ll be better equipped to take on new challenges and improve your chances of success

Managing your emotions during times of rejection is key to staying productive and optimistic. Here are a few tips for coping with rejection:

a) Take time to process your emotions. It’s okay to feel disappointed, frustrated, or sad. Give yourself permission to acknowledge how you’re feeling, but don’t dwell on it.

b) Reach out to your support network. Talk to friends, family, or colleagues who can offer you encouragement, perspective or advice.

c) Refocus your energy on something productive. Rejection can be demotivating, but it doesn’t have to be. Use the setback as an opportunity to shift your focus to something else that you can work on and be proud of.

A growth mindset is a belief that your abilities and potential are not fixed, but rather can be improved through effort, practice, and learning. By adopting a growth mindset, you’ll be better equipped to navigate challenges, adapt to changing circumstances, and bounce back from setbacks. Here are a few ways to cultivate a growth mindset:

a) Embrace challenges. Instead of avoiding difficult tasks or situations, embrace them as opportunities to learn and grow.

b) Practice persistence. Don’t give up when things get tough. Keep trying and stay focused on your goals.

c) Seek feedback. Be open to constructive feedback from others, and use it to improve your skills and performance.

Stern says continuing to grow and learn is very important. “There’s always going to be detours in the road. There’s always going to be folks that are more experienced than you. You could take that one of two ways, you could sit there and say I’m not as good as that person and I’m never going to be. You have to take those lumps, and you have to learn and be a sponge from your experiences, everybody you work with behind the scenes, everybody you work for, everybody you work under, the people who have more air time then you. Learn why, what have they learned, and what have they built in their career and pick some things up along the way.”  

Rejection is an inevitable part of life, but it doesn’t have to hold you back. By embracing rejection as a necessary part of growth, learning from failure, coping with rejection, and cultivating a growth mindset, you can overcome setbacks and achieve success. Remember, every “no” brings you closer to the next “yes,” and every failure is an opportunity to learn and improve. So don’t let fear of rejection hold you back – embrace it as a key to your success journey.

Former Blue Jays’ Manager John Gibbons


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