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Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success

Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success [Kindle Edition]

Mark McGuinness
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If you want to achieve something original and meaningful with your life, you MUST learn to deal with rejection and criticism.

If you're an artist of any kind your work will be rejected by editors, curators and other gatekeepers. And each time you put it in front of the public, you expose yourself to criticism.

If you're an entrepreneur you face rejection by (potential) customers, partners and investors. Those same people won't hesitate to criticize you if they are unhappy (justified or not).

If you're chasing your dream job you'll receive your share of rejection letters. And once you land the job, taking flak when things go wrong is part of the deal.

If you're an athlete or sports player it's a battle to get on the team. And you'll hear about it from all sides - your coach, your team-mates and (so-called) supporters - if they think your performance isn't up to scratch.

If you're a campaigner for change you face inertia, resistance and hostility from everyone with an investment in the status quo. No wonder most people choose not to rock the boat.

Between them, rejection and criticism can rob you of your dream.

Many people set out on their chosen path full of hope and inspiration, only to turn back because they couldn't deal with the emotional impact of crushing rejections and vicious criticism.

If you want to avoid joining the legions of also-rans, you'll need to find practical, effective ways to deal with rejection and criticism.

Anyone who says 'don't take it so personally' doesn't understand what it's like when you are hit by a major rejection or biting criticism.

At least to begin with, it's almost impossible NOT to take it personally (for very good psychological reasons). To deal with rejection and criticism, you need to acknowledge the pain - and find ways to bounce back from the impact.

In short, you need to develop resilience.

In Resilience, Mark McGuinness explains why your reactions to rejection and criticism are completely understandable - and how to deal with them effectively.

Through stories from his own experience, as well as those of famous people who faced rejection and criticism on the road to their success, he will show you that you are far from alone in suffering from rejection and criticism.

And he draws on years of experience as a coach to give you practical advice that has been road-tested with hundreds of people facing similar challenges to you.

You will learn:
  • Why rejection and criticism hurt so much
  • Several ways you may be making rejection worse (without realising it)
  • How to keep going in spite of multiple rejections
  • Why your inner critic is (potentially) your best friend
  • When to ignore the critics - and when to listen
  • Whether (and how) to respond to insults and abuse
  • Why success is harder than it looks - and how to deal with it

This is not a theoretical book - it's packed with practical tips and techniques you can apply to your own challenges right away.

Whether you're just setting out, in the middle of your journey, or dealing with the unexpected challenges of success, Resilience will show you how to keep moving forward. 

Resilience will take you a few hours to read; its lessons will help you for the rest of your life.

About the Author

Mark McGuinness is a writer and coach who has been helping people overcome rejection, criticism and other obstacles to success since 1996.

Mark's blog at is read by thousands of people every week, and he coaches clients all over the world via the magic of the internet.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957566409
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lateral Action Books; 1 edition (21 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009V37U1Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark McGuinness is a poet and a coach for creative professionals - artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and mavericks in other fields. Based in London, UK, he coaches clients all over the world and shares practical inspiration via his popular blog at Mark's poetry site is at

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Anyone who has every produced a piece of creative work, embarked on a venture very personal to them or reached for a meaningful vision needs to read this book.

That is quite a big statement, but people who are creative in any field will at some point be faced with rejection and criticism. In fact, one of the very first things to take away from this book is, "thank goodness, it's not just me". However, at the moment of the criticism, knowing that you are not alone in having your great idea thrown back in your face is not always a comfort. This is when `Resilience` will be the perfect tool to get you back on track.

Mark McGuinness has worked for 16 years as a coach helping creative people to overcome the obstacles they face in their work. In addition to working with his clients, he is a writer and public speaker. He is also a poet, so understands exactly how devastating it can be to have a piece of work created from the soul crushed by one critical comment.

Mark brings his considerable professional and personal experience together in this book, creating a rich resource of insights, advice and very practical tips. He suggests that the best way to work with the book is to read it all the way through and then go back to the chapters which feel most relevant to you and work through the questions and exercises at the end of each. I would agree with this as your first read through gives a great overview of issues such as The Inner Voice, your harshest critic, different types of criticism and how to deal with them, and how to get the odds on your side. As you read, you will know instinctively which areas you want to work on straightaway and you can go back and work on them in more depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 20 April 2014
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A truly excellent read and invaluable mental crutch for the rocky, daunting and often painful road we have chosen. Great to know you're not alone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read and great advice 23 Feb 2014
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Well structured and easy to read. Filled me with enthusiasm to try some of the techniques suggested. Lots of good ideas for wherever you are on your journey to achieving your potential. I'm sure I'll be dipping in and out of the chapters as a point of reference in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 18 Feb 2014
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Easy to read, but packed with insight and helpful strategies, I will be using this book for a while to help me gain confidence
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it and get on with following Mark's tips! 11 Feb 2014
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I'm pretty sure everyone cringes when a friend or colleague offers to give them, "feedback" on their work / art / creation!
Mark's book is a great read as he shares personal experience of criticism and rejection he has faced, while he's also managed to pack the book full of useful tips and next step advice which everyone will be able to apply. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a helping hand en route to living the life they want to live. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the therapy I needed 15 Dec 2013
By 1507jaw
I've just read the whole book in 24 hours. One of the key things I've been struggling with at the moment is rejection and I found that particular section great for changing my thought processes.
Great book, highly recommend :)
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