Face it, we all have all been rejected at some point in our life. We have been rejected by career options, school choices, potential love interests and sometimes even members of our family members. Rejection sucks and it often hurts. However, remember,"Rejection is the spirits protection." You are only rejected from situations that were truly never meant for you. Remember when you are rejected something better is to come. Hopefully the stories below remind you to keep going no matter what hurdles you approach in life.
Lauryn Hill was booed at Amateur Night at the Apollo
Hill’s debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has sold 19 million copies worldwide and it is considered one of the greatest albums of all time by many music publications
Oprah was fired from her first job as a news anchor
Jay-Z was turned down by every label in the industry
President Barack Obama loss his first run for Congress
Justice Sonia Sotomayor was denied a job as an Associate at one of the nation's top firms
Salma Hayek had once been told that her accent would remind people in Hollywood of their Mexican housekeepers.
Chinese entrepreneur, Jack Ma was once rejected from a job at KFC
Tyra Banks was rejected by 6 modeling agencies
Michael Jordan failed to make his high school basketball team
Jose Hernandez was rejected from NASA's astronaut program eleven times.
Jennifer Hudson loss Season 3 of American Idol
Michelle Bachelet was exiled from the country she was born in, Chile
Bruce Lee was rejected for US military service
Vanessa Williams was stripped her title as Miss America 1984
The Queen of Rock Tina Turner was brutally abused by her ex husband Ike Turner
Tina Knowles the mother of Beyonce and Solange filed for divorce after her now ex husband Mathew Knowles cheated on her. Tina was fearful that she would never marry again.
In 2002 India Arie was nominated for 7 Grammys and won none
Sidney Poitier was once told by a director to get a job as a dishwasher
Charles Barkley was cut from Team USA Basketball in 1984
Anita Baker was told she did not have star potential
Kanye West was rejected by many record labels before signing to Def Jam Records
Iyanla Vanzant had a talk show, which was canceled and she was forced to file for bankruptcy.
Allegedly by the end of 2009 Rihanna was bankrupt
Harry Belafonte was blacklisted from acting during the McCarthy era
Today Belafonte has won three Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989, he received the Kennedy Center Honors.
Notorious BIG: “Girls used to diss me.”
Steven Spielberg was rejected twice by the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
The first Harry Potter novel was rejected by a series of publishers
Lady Gaga was once dropped from Def Jam Recordings
Vera Wang became an editor at Vogue, but was passed over for the editor-in-chief position
Soichiro Honda, was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation after interviewing for a job as an engineer
Pop star Shakira was rejected from School Chorus
In 2007 George Lopez ‘s TV series was canceled
Before getting the lead in Scandal, Kerry Washington had trouble getting roles for not being “Hood Enough.”
Washington’s role as Olivia Pope has scored her nomination for two Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series.
The Supremes were initially deemed too young to be signed to Motown Records
Lisa Kudrow was fired from Frasier after the pilot
Anna Wintour was fired from American Harper’s Bazaar
Ellen DeGeneres was fired for being gay
Beyonce and Kelly Rowland lost on Star Search when they tried out in 1993
Carmen Yulín Cruz ran for an for District representative in Puerto Rico’s 2000 general elections, but lost.
Nicki Minaj was fired from her job as a waitress at the restaurant, Red Lobster
When Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard he launched a business called Traf-O-Data, which flopped
Marian Anderson was refused permission to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall.
Madonna was fired from Dunkin Donuts
Solange's debut album “solo star” was criticized by Slant magazine Where they gave her ⅖ stars and said she sounded too much like Beyoncé.
Issa Rae was told to water down her writing from major Hollywood companies
Shameless Maya was rejected from multiple acting gigs
Rupaul was rejected from Kinky Boots Broadway musical and the Rocky Horror Show
Pharrell Williams was once rejected by Tyra Banks and it was awkwardly revealed to a live audience on her TV show
Before attending Yale, Hillary Clinton was fired from her brief job at a Salmon Cannery in Valdez, Alaska.
Wizkid was rejected by Roc Nation