The Awful Sting of Rejection

No one likes to be refused an opportunity they yearned for.

Creators and photographers, let’s say artist-types in general, are a very sensitive bunch. We are terribly insecure and quick to please those who may hand us cash or attention, if only because of there may never be another chance.

We tell ourselves that if we don’t grip them in now, our supposed followers or fans will assume we dropped off the face of the earth.

The worst case scenario, they may not even care. Gasp, oh my!

Persistence pays off, like me following the sounds of this Prairie Warbler until it came out in the open of this scrubby habitat.

The famous author Stephen King was known to have all of his rejection letters (dozens upon dozens) thumb tacked to the wall. So many rejections prompted for more thumb tacks to be used over time!

The big names in your industry or profession have their own duds too, their own failures. Others may tend to forget this and see the end result; they made it big and became successful.

The entire paradox is simply that you’ll never know unless if you try.

Take that risk, ask that business owner if they’ll hang up your photographic prints. Free or not, apply for that juried exhibit or festival. The worst that could happen is that they decline your offer.

For me, no time spent out in nature and outdoors is time wasted. Photos or not, there is always something to be had with every experience.

If one of your concerns is that you may be wasting time, let it be known that there is a learning lesson in everything.

If there’s a single takeaway from this short writing piece, let it be this mantra..

A ‘no’ now doesn’t necessarily mean ‘no’ forever.

How have you dealt with rejection in the past? What are some opportunities you took a chance on and they didn’t work out? What lessons did you learn from them?

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Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Charles Needle on the show  Follow Charles: Website: Facebook: Instagram: Book: Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush Flashlight: multi-color flashlight    About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show also features many guests who are professionals in their respective genres. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST.   Follow the Show: Email Us:   Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – Instagram-  Follow the Hosts:  Henry Doyle   Instagram- Ryan Taylor Website- Blog- #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
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Published by Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor is a 26 year old photographer located in Beavercreek Ohio, United States. Specializing in wildlife and landscapes both big and small, Ryan has sought to capture many different natural locations throughout the Buckeye State and beyond.

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