During my usual procrastination on Twitter this morning, I found Katie Hale‘s attempts at 100 rejections – a resolution she continues in 2019. Read about her 100 aims at Rejections (2017), (2018), an analysis of her rejections of 2018, and her inspiration by Kim Liao’s 2016 article that encourages us to aim for rejections instead of acceptance. Kim’s thought is that aiming for rejection takes the pressure away to always be perfect – if you aim for acceptance, you are also putting in a lot more effort in returns that might not even happen. You’ll be daunted by the idea of achieving that acceptance so much so that you might not even try for a lot of opportunities. Rejection also makes you better – you’d have applied 100 times and perfected the art of applications.
Inspired by that, here’s my list of aims that I look forward to in 2019:
- 40 rejections – I think 40 is a good number to aim for. That’s an average of 3 rejections per month. I’m going to apply for jobs, fellowships, pitch stories to content websites and magazines, conferences, events, and I’m also going to include the 3 masters’ applications I aim to write this year. I’m already done with 2 of those.
- 40 write-ups – This being the 3rd, I aim at writing at least 40 write-ups, articles, op-eds, research papers, and book reviews in 2019. This can be on my blog or at other places.
- 40 books – I’m on my 3rd book already for 2019! 40 is a good number. It’s almost 3 books per month but also leaves me with ample time for days where I don’t feel like reading at all. Here’s a list of books I’m reading in 2019. You can also follow me on Instagram to keep up.
Here’s aiming for rejections in 2019.
P.S. As an addition to this, I’ve been trying at being more comfortable with vulnerability. I don’t have to be perfect and I don’t have to achieve everything I put myself into. Failure isn’t a bad thing. Rejection encourages you to improve where you lack. Life isn’t trial and error – it’s a journey to live and be alive on.