The Truth of Rejection

by Kenny Eller on August 2, 2011

The Truth of Rejection

There is no part of being rejected that makes me or anyone else feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

It doesn’t matter if I’m playing hoops or telling someone new about my goal of playing Michael Jordan, getting my shot swatted or being brushed off isn’t fun.

Being rejected sucks harder than a brand new Dyson, but being rejected is part of any great process.

In fact if you aren’t being rejected on occasion you’re not really maximizing your potential.

Being Rejected Means You’re On The Right Path

If you play basketball regularly and NEVER get your shot blocked, the people you are playing with simply aren’t good enough.  They will never make you better.

If you are pursuing a dream and all you ever hear is YES, then your pursuit is too easy.

You Never Know, Unless You Try!

When I set a goal of playing Michael Jordan 1-on-1, I knew I’d have a lot to overcome.  I mean I’m working on getting a game against the best basketball player to ever live.  IT’S HUGE!  No part of how large this dream is has been lost along the way.

I also know that every time I line up a game of 1-on-1 vs. a professional/high level player that my chances of winning aren’t the best and there is a chance I could be embarrassed.

I also know there is a chance I could win.

There is a chance that Michael Jordan could call me today and say, “Let’s Play!”

I learned long ago that you never know, unless you try.

In my early twenties I asked a girl to lunch that not one of my friends believed would ever say yes.  She was a model, the kind you see in well known magazines.  Most guys would think she’s out of their league.  I thought what have I got to lose?

She said yes, to the amazement of those around me.

The point is sometimes the things that we think are undoable are just that because we’re too afraid to try.

Sure you may face rejection, as I did in seventh grade, and as I do routinely when I ask people for help on my journey to play MJ.

You could also achieve something that few, if any, think is possible.

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Risa Garner August 2, 2011 at 8:01 am

Great post today! That is so true….please tell me that lunch date was with your beautiful, talented, and huge supporter wife?? I appreicate your post and the time you take to put them together. This one makes you think…for sure. I wish you only success now and in the future!
Have a great Tuesday!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller August 2, 2011 at 8:06 am

Thanks Risa! No, it was not my amazing wife (yes, I did clear this article with her first haha). I met her in my late 20s and have been blessed since:-)

I appreciate the kind words. Every comment like this is fuel for me when I’m tired and weary. Thank you!

I wish you the exact same my friend! Keep shining your amazing light!


Ziarekenya Smith August 2, 2011 at 8:35 am



Kenny Eller Kenny Eller August 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

Thanks Ziare!!! Appreciate you man!


Kellie Kowalski August 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

All the rejection I’ve had over the past few months has been a bit of a confidence killer. So I totally needed this one man. Thanks!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller August 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Keep pushing forward Kellie! Remember every “no” means you’re one step closer to YES!

Thanks for reading!!


Donna August 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Rejection rocks!! It just means you are THAT much closer to a great big Y-E-S!!!! Jordan is on the way!!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller August 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Exactly! Thanks Donna!! 😀


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