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"I discovered that rejection serves as a compass. According to public speaker Cam Adair in a TEDx presentation, "it teaches you what you don't want so that you may discover what you do want."
When you live in today's hyper-connected, contemporary society, with busy schedules and working weekends, it might be tough to meet new people on a consistent basis. Occasionally, you may find yourself in a scenario where individuals or conditions make you feel uncomfortable, and you may want to leave.
What is the best way to cope with rejection in such a case? A wonderful place to start is with an inspiring TEDx presentation by public speaker Cam Adair if you are suffering from rejection in your career. Take a look at the following video:
Cam wrote about his experience with bullying at school, and how the harshness of it left a permanent mark on his impressionable mind as a young boy. He emphasised the significance of never giving up and continuing in one's endeavours.
"After two years of trying to find out what was wrong with me, I concluded that I needed to make a change," he added. I needed to make a shift in the direction things was headed. It was simply too much for me to bear any longer. During this period of inspiration, I decided to ask myself a new question: if I had the ability to alter my condition, if I had the ability to change my circumstances, would I? Would I try to learn how to make new acquaintances if I had the opportunity? Would I undertake anything like this if it were genuinely feasible if I had the ability to do it? And with every fibre of my body, I knew that yes, I absolutely would."
"I made a promise to myself that I would do all in my power to improve the situation," he said. I was going to have to learn how to make new acquaintances. I'd have to relearn how to be cheerful and cheerfully grin once again. As a result, I went off on a voyage. Because I had no idea what I was doing, I treated it as if it were a large-scale experiment. I was experimenting till I figured out what I needed to know about the subject. I wanted to meet more people in order to create friends, so I began going out, which eventually led to my going out every night for three years straight. Because it wasn't a party, I remained sober and maintained a blog of the things I was learning."
"I learnt that rejection can be used as a compass," Cam said at the end of his speech. It teaches you what you don't want to know in order to learn what you do want to know. "Our greatest sense of direction comes from our worst rejection," a friend of mine has observed.
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