50 Rejection Stories: That Will Inspire You To Keep Going

October 18, 2017

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




  • She would later become one of the world’s first African American billionaires and launch a media empire

Jay-Z was turned down by every label in the industry


  • The rapper eventually started his own record label, Roc Nation

President Barack Obama loss his first run for Congress


  • Barack Obama is our 44th President and the first African American to become president in the United States of America

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was denied a job as an Associate at one of the nation's top firms


  • The Princeton graduate is the first justice of Hispanic heritage

Salma Hayek had once been told that her accent would remind people in Hollywood of their Mexican housekeepers.


  • Hayek has been nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award

Chinese entrepreneur, Jack Ma was once rejected from a job at KFC


  • Ma is currently worth 20.4 billion dollars

Tyra Banks was rejected by 6 modeling agencies


  • Tyra Banks is the first black model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Michael Jordan failed to make his high school basketball team


  • Jordan has earned five NBA MVP titles

Jose Hernandez was rejected from NASA's astronaut program eleven times.


  • Hernández was selected for NASA’s Astronaut training program in May 2004.

Jennifer Hudson loss Season 3 of American Idol


  • After acting in the film Dreamgirls Hudson won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Michelle Bachelet was exiled from the country she was born in, Chile


  • She later became the nation’s first woman president

Bruce Lee was rejected for US military service


  • Lee is considered by many media critics one of the most influential martial artists of all time,

Vanessa Williams was stripped her title as Miss America 1984


  • Williams will later launch a successful singing and acting career

The Queen of Rock Tina Turner was brutally abused by her ex husband Ike Turner


  • In 2013 Turner married music executive, Erwin Bach

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 2015 Tina married actor, Richard Lawson

In 2002 India Arie was nominated for 7 Grammys and won none


  • Arie has since won 4 Grammys.

Sidney Poitier was once told by a director to get a job as a dishwasher


  • In 1964, Poitier became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor

Charles Barkley was cut from Team USA Basketball in 1984


  • In 1992 Barkley joined the “Dream Team", the first American Olympic team to feature active NBA players

Anita Baker was told she did not have star potential


  • Ms. Baker currently has eight Grammys

Kanye West was rejected by many record labels before signing to Def Jam Records


  • West currently has 21 Grammy Awards

Iyanla Vanzant had a talk show, which was canceled and she was forced to file for bankruptcy.