Bouncing Back from Rejection
Rejection, and how it’s possible to not just bounce back—but bounce forward
When I was just starting my career, I knew that to one day get tenure, I had to be productive. Publish or perish.
So early in grad school, I started submitting research papers to top journals. The first one got rejected. So did the second. Experts in my field were telling me that my work was not good enough. I wondered if I should drop out.
I’d been working on a third paper, so I decided to give it one more shot. I spent months perfecting it, got feedback from more than a dozen leading thinkers, and shipped it to our premier journal.
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