How failure helped me start my own business


MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: How should every successful woman deal with rejection? is written by Maren Kate Donovan, CEO of Zirtual.

If I knew in my younger years what I do now about being rejected, I would have saved myself countless hours of disappointment (while on the verge of tears) simply because I heard the word no. Then, a simple quote from a mentor of mine completely flipped how I view rejection on its head: The successful become successful by hearing ‘no’ nine times a year and ‘yes’ once. Let that marinate for a second: you should expect to face rejection nine times more often than you succeed.

It’s a little statistic that I like to keep in mind. Whether the board shot down your proposal or the weekend getaway

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