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rejected thrice, he refused to give up

Rejected thrice, he never gave up on his dreams


To be rejected and written off as not been good enough can be very devastating. Rejection comes in different shapes and sizes. Some rejections are minor, and may not pose any major hindrance to the individual progress in life. Unfortunately, some life-changing challenges come in the form of rejection. It takes a full dose of courage to recover from such rejection.

Susan Boyle

A talented songwriter and musical sensation Susan Boyle faced so many hurdles in the early stages of her beautiful career. She was once described as having a low Intelligent Quotient (IQ). She tried unsuccessfully to scale through several auditions, but she was never selected.

Her late mum however encouraged her to stay true to her dreams and give her dream one more push. She got inspired and entered for the 2008 edition of Britain’s Got Talent. That was the beginning of her amazing turnaround. Her rendition of “I dreamed a dream”, captivated the audience and over 10 million viewers that watched her perform. Her moment of success wiped away years of rejection.

Nwankwo Kanu was once rejected

Football Legend, Nwankwo Kanu was once rejected by national team selectors in  1991. At 1991 All African Games, he has decamped by then-coach James Peters because he was too skinny. Nigeria later won bronze. A year later he captained the football team to Atlanta 93. He never took his initial setback to heart but kept on improving his game. He later went on to win laurels for both club and country.

Victor Chiedozie Ojogho was rejected thrice

For  18 years old Victor Chiedozie, he faced rejection thrice. The first time was at a football camp. He shared his touching story: “It was in 2017, at the Abuja football college. I couldn’t make the team due to tribal sentiments. The coach said I wasn’t good enough. Two weeks after I left the academy, the players selected by the coach traveled to Italy for an FA Competition. I was a painful experience, but I had to move on

The Abia State-born footballer kept pushing on and never gave up. He was training so hard and just a few months later, another opportunity came. This time it was tagged “Tough  Season”. It was a football clinic held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

I traveled to the football clinic with my friend. We registered and started taking part in the drills and training sessions. When the list of selected players came out days later, my name was not there. Fortunately, my friend made the list and they traveled to Lagos,  for another 3 months camping. I did my best, but I never knew why I wasn’t selected”.

Another major setback Victor Chiedozie Ojogho experienced, came in 2018 when he was all set to travel to Europe for trials. Unfortunately, the entire plan was aborted when he couldn’t raise the funds for the trip (€3,000).

So often in life, some difficult roads do lead to beautiful destinations. Today, Victor has pitched his tent with Beautiful Strikers FC in Rivers State, Nigeria.  He’s still aiming higher even as he keeps training hard to achieve his dreams in life.

His dream is to play in Europe and make a success out of his career. Watching his high-intensity training sessions, and seeing the belief and determination on his face is a joy to behold.

Secret that kept him going

I couldn’t help but asked this passionate Chelsea supporter, the secret that has kept him going, despite these challenges.

Passion for the game. There’s something about passion that keeps you going. Sometimes you ask yourself if you can even play this game. So many players are better than you, but you keep pushing. 

You know this is who you are. You know this is what you want. You don’t allow anything to discourage you.  I have told myself, if I am ever going to get to the top, it’s by his grace and favor” 

Adversity is a motivator, not a hindrance

Adversity is a motivator, not a hindrance

Adversity is the grindstone of life. Intended to polish you up, adversity also can grind you down. The impact and ultimate result depend on what you do with the difficulties that come your way. Consider the phenomenal achievements of people experiencing adversity. So many inspiring stories of extraordinary individuals who used adversity as a stepping stone to achieving their dreams in life.


Beethoven composed his greatest works after becoming deaf. It may sound impossible, but he did it. In adversity, Beethoven tapped into his inner light and heard beautiful compositions, that he penned into a great masterpiece. His Symphony 5 has become treasured as a classic that has been played over and over again in most concerts across the globe.

Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh wrote the History of the World during thirteen-year imprisonment. He had every reason to be discouraged in the face of great adversity, but Walter Raleigh motivated himself and help create a piece of history from his long years of traveling.

Christopher Columbus

If Columbus had turned back, no one could have blamed him, considering the constant adversity he endured. Of course, no one would have remembered him either. He faced constant threats of starvation and dehydration while on his numerous voyage. He became malnourished and developed scurvy as a result of lack of vitamin C. These difficulties never slowed him down, but rather propelled him to achieve his dream in life.

Abraham Lincoln

His story is a common tale often told to inspire those going through all sorts of adversity. Abraham Lincoln achieved greatness by his display of wisdom and character during the devastation of the Civil War. He failed on several occasions in his personal life, business, and political career. He nonetheless overcame all these challenges to achieve success.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King overcame so much adversity in his fight for equality and justice. He was imprisoned on so many occasions. He was stabbed. His house got burnt. There were so many threatening phone calls from strangers. He stood firm and never gave in to fear. Adversity was like a stimulus to the brave Martin Luther King.

Amid great adversity, he made his famous speech: “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

Mary Groda-Lewis

If there’s anyone who faced tremendous adversity in pursuit of her dream, that person should be Mary Groda-Lewis. Mary had to endure sixteen years of illiteracy because of unrecognized dyslexia. The authorities had to place her to a reformatory on two different occasions. Afflicted by a stroke while bearing a child, she refused to give up. Desperate to go back to college, she worked at a variety of odd jobs to save money and graduated with her high school equivalency at eighteen.

Mary was named Oregon’s outstanding Upward Bound student and finally entered college. Determined to become a doctor, she faced fifteen medical school rejections until Albany Medical College finally accepted her. In 1984, Dr. Mary Groda-Lewis, at thirty-five, graduated with honors to fulfill her dream.

Never take rejection and failure as a setback

Never take rejection and failure as a setback

Rejection can come in different forms and shapes. When it comes, never get discouraged or give up on the pursuit of your goals or dreams. The fact that you are rejected does not imply you are not good enough. It only means you should improve on yourself and give it one more try. It doesn’t matter how many times you are rejected. What matters is to stay focused and never stop pushing.

Joanne Rowling

JK Rowling, the author of the popular Harry Potter novel, once faced rejection. She submitted the manuscript to the popular Harry Potter novel but was rejected by several publishers. This did not deter her, but rather motivated her. Her persistence eventually paid off, as she got the popular novel published. Today, her estimated net worth is rumored to be around £750 Million, as in 2019. This wouldn’t have been possible if she had forgotten about her dream and allowed rejection to slow her down.

The Beatles

The Beatles are regarded as one of the most popular bands in the world. They were so famous that their songs remain one of the most recorded in history. They too faced rejection from several music labels. Their songs were labeled as not good enough, and it was Brian Epstein who courageously gave them their first musical break by signing the band.

Thomas Edison

He was one of the greatest inventors that ever live. Unfortunately, he faced rejection from his teacher. Thomas Edison’s teacher told him that he was “too stupid to learn anything”. It was a rather negative remark to say to someone at that young age. Thomas also got fired from his place of work, because he was termed to be “non-productive”. As an inventor, he tried inventing the electric bulb, but he failed multiple times. He never gave up but kept trying until he succeeded. That is the amazing power of rejection.

In 2011, a guy applied for a job with Uber and after three interviews they were impressed but didn’t hire him because he didn’t have a car. He then started his own media outfit. Six years later that same company that rejected him, contracted him to train their staff. In life, never take failure as a reflection of your potential.

Sometimes what we think are setbacks are stepping stones. Determination is fueled by a belief in oneself and the belief of self. Never allow negative feedback you got today, stop you from receiving that positive feedback tomorrow. 

The bitter truth we must all accept is that people will reject us along the journey of life. That job application may get rejected. When it happens, we shouldn’t ask too many questions, but rise and keep moving. It should inspire us to put in more effort until we reach our goals in life.


Why articles get rejected by submission sites

Articles are often rejected by article submission sites daily. There have been occasions when I submitted articles and then end up been rejected by article directories.

This, of course, creates a lot of discouragement, especially when one is trying to boost traffic to one website.

From my experience, I have outlined some of the reasons why articles are frequently rejected:

1. Limit the number of keywords.

Keyword limitation is usually imposed on most articles by article directories. This is usually expressed as a percentage of the total number of words in your article body and your resource box. The technical term for this is Keyword density.

Realistically, limit your keyword density to no more than 2%. Your keyword should be in the title of your article, as near to the start of your opening paragraph as is grammatically possible, and in the last sentence of your final paragraph. These are the only places that it matters because these are the places the search engines look.

2. Do not include affiliate links in your article.

That is an editorial guideline that most article directories have. You may, however, include an affiliate link in your resource box provided that it does not link directly to a sales page.

3. Your article is of the wrong length.

This is one area where the article directories are very strict. The editorial guidelines of many article directories have a minimum and a maximum word length. Those article directories that do have such limits will also have an automatic word counter that checks the length or your article before it even reviewed by a human editor. If your article is too short or too long, it will automatically be rejected.

4. Your article title should describe what your article is about.

I might be stating the obvious, but this is a common reason for rejection. Unbelievably, authors pick a good title and then write about something else. If your article doesn’t deliver on its title, rejection becomes inevitable.

Remember, you are writing for your target market and you must provide value for your readers.

5. Make your article informative, not sales oriented.

The first step towards getting your article approved is writing it in such a way that it gives out valuable information. The primary objective should be to share valuable information and not to lure readers to your website. Of course, that is your intention, but you must do it indirectly. Most directories prohibit a direct link from your article to a sales page. If you write a sales orientated article, no matter how good it is it will be rejected.

6. Limit your links, both in the article body and your resource box.

Most article directories allow up to three links in your article including your resource box. You may have HTML links in your resource box, but not in the body of your article.

Ideally, you should have no outgoing links in your article body, but if you must give a link to support the information you are providing in your article, keep them to the minimum.

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