On The Frustration of Getting Rejected from Jobs

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We’d like to thank you again for your interest in our company and for your patience as we reviewed your application. At this time we have decided to move forward with other candidates. However, we encourage you to keep us on your radar and invite you to sign up to receive notifications when we post similar positions in the future.

You don’t get it. You had a stellar resume. You wrote a personal cover letter. You even went above and beyond to reach the company. Yet, you still got rejected.

You are not alone in this process. There are many people who suffer internally from the application process.

“It is true that there is a time in our life when it seems that everything is in our own hands, and that we are masters of our fate, captain of our soul. This may spur us to achieve and conquer, and to meet with experiences that are a necessary preparation for greater things. All this is good as far as it goes, and may be a very necessary phase in our life, but sooner or later we realize that, although in one sense we are master of fate, in that we can choose either good or evil, yet, all the time, [we are not masters of our fate.]

[…]

Instead of forcing our will upon life: instead of making ourselves a centre around which everything else must revolve: instead of demanding and compelling, if we would find real happiness and true satisfaction at all, we must love and serve [life and the world].

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We see, then, why we should train ourselves to think thoughts of goodwill, instead of those of hate and resentment; of co-operation instead of selfish acquisitiveness; of service rather than personal gain. It is only thus that we can become brothers of humanity: it is only by becoming brothers of humanity that we can ever enter into correspondence, or a state of [internal harmony.]

Henry Thomas Hamblin, The Power of Thought

While it may hurt to hear this, it must be understood that we are not masters of our fate. We are dependent on society in a way – even Nikola Tesla could not get his way during his lifetime.

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