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Can Rejection Instill Confidence? Analyzing Hustle Culture and Self-Esteem

Mental Health & Self Love

Mon, March 25

Rejection is common in life; it is unavoidable, and you’re guaranteed to encounter it. Some common examples for teens include: a friend not wanting to hang out, receiving a low exam score, getting turned down by your crush, getting rejected by your dream college, a friendship or relationship breakup, etc.

Although rejection isn’t always perceived as great at the moment, ultimately, it is a situation which you can take as an opportunity to gain confidence in yourself. Once you’re able to learn not to take rejection to heart, you'll find yourself so much happier. It’s a lesson which is vital to learn.

Rejection and Hustle Culture

Rejection can take a huge toll on mental health if you take it too personally. When you fixate over that feeling of failure, unwantedness, or even self-disappointment, your mood is going to be affected negatively. It can also cause this ‘trend’ known as hustle culture: a mindset for increased productivity for ambition and success.

However, this mindset often does not take into account mental or physical well-being, which are both interlinked. This oversight can lead to the negative impact of burnout, leaving you overworked and feeling unfulfilled. Also, you might not even be aware that you’re a victim of it.

The glorification of this unhealthy hustle will continue into a repetitive cycle of overworking, pushing individuals to high levels of physical and emotional exhaustion without adequate rest or self-care. Hustle culture is essentially a tug of war, one side is always trying to outweigh the other while straining on itself, it isn’t a fun combination.

This ‘trend’ seems so great because it creates the desire for extreme productivity and the satisfaction that comes along with this high-level work ethic. But for many, the amount of work or unattainable goals can become too much to handle.

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By avoiding ‘trends’ such as hustle culture and enforcing a positive mindset, you’ll be empowered by your significantly improved self-confidence.

These key elements of well-being are so important, especially as a teen learning to navigate this rejection-filled world. My words of wisdom would be to take one positive and motivating quote and repeat it daily. Positive self-talk can make all the difference!

School Rejection

School is probably one of the first places you have experienced rejection. As a teen who has recently left school, I sympathise with you; it is undeniably tough. Within school, it always seems as if those surrounding us are always one step ahead; always scoring higher grades, being more popular, naturally gifted, etc.

We all know how defeated the education system can leave us feeling. After spending hours, all night even, on an essay to only get mediocre marks can be pretty bruising for your ego. With the competition and rejection of marks, it can be difficult to see the bright side but don’t let this rejection and other peoples’ seemingly perfect results leave you despondent.

Motivating Quotes

Personally, the way I like to think of life with full positivity is to remember a motivating aphorism someone once told me. These words stuck with me and altered my perspective of life; they fully amended my mindset. Although they seem generic and hackneyed, sometimes, it takes one person to get those words to truly sink in.

What that one person said to me was, “Sorta just go by life day by day and don’t really think about it.” (-JDon) This line is something I think of daily. Something as small as a quote can make such a huge difference to your mindset.

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Cliché Quotes: Why Listen?

I advise you to stop rolling your eyes and thinking people are talking a load of rubbish when they tell you cliché quotes. I know you’ve heard them countless times, especially, “It is what it is,” that’s one we’ve all been told.

Regardless, listen because it will help; words are so powerful. If that doesn’t work, don’t worry, someone’s bound to say something that finally clicks for you. Or you may read your words of wisdom in a book, essay, journal, or even a text from a friend.

Reframing your approach to rejection by incorporating positive quotes into your daily life contributes to a much healthier mindset, improving self-confidence and also the bonus of self-esteem. Having a quote can so much as change your outlook on life and help you see in a way you may not have before.

Also, by prioritising mental and physical well-being over the endless pursuit of success, which you will never fully believe that you have achieved, individuals can then have a strong ability to navigate through life's challenges with higher resilience and a much better sense of contentment.


Now, upon having explored the ways that we see rejection and how it may impact us, and having looked further into the theme of hustle culture, let's return back to the question: can rejection instill confidence?

I hope that after reading, you have now gained the knowledge to realise that in fact, yes, it can. I urge that you aim to unlock these discussed amazing benefits, of which you may not have previously been aware. These benefits will allow for a greater depth of personality and introduce new thought processes to your mind, changing your life experience. This overall strengthens your positivity, which will also contribute tremendously to your personal growth, the significance of which you may not have been fully aware of.

These gains that you achieve by accepting rejection as part of daily life will become valuable life skills and assets; ultimately, improving your life experience. By maintaining your positivity, you will be the best version of yourself!

Jayda-Jules Warner

Writer since Feb, 2024 · 1 published articles

Jayda-Jules Warner, aka JJ, writes until she falls asleep at her keyboard. Writing stories, articles, and poetry are her passion. Not only are words her comfort; but she also loves video games and music!