How to Take No for an Answer

Nothing ventured, nothing gained; you may have heard a similar phrase starting with "no pain." Self-help experts may tell you that rejection is a gift. Sure — but like any gift, there are better and worse ways to accept it.

Startup founder and CEO Isa Watson has your back on this one. In a post for Entrepreneur, Watson lays out what she keeps in mind while she's swimming upstream in the business world. None of her tips cost a dime, either.

For Watson, it's all about planning. Of course, you can't plan for everything, but you can give yourself a good framework to forge ahead with. Watson relies on systems she's built, both internal and external. Creatives and media types often keep spreadsheets of their no's; it's the digital equivalent of taping rejection letters above your writing desk. Any time you track behaviors and records, you can seek out patterns. If you've adjusted your spending habits after building a budget, you can tweak your business approach by analyzing your search.

Watson also recommends knowing your boundaries. "Every rejection is nothing more than one half of a transaction," she writes. "Not every product or service is going to be right for everyone, and that's perfectly fine." That means knowing when to back off and accept no for an answer, and it also means having what advice columnist Captain Awkward calls Team You. When you've given yourself the structure to regroup, you're already well on your way toward your next success. Read Watson's full piece at Entrepreneur.