Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success

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"Read this book and you will be bulletproof!"

Steven Pressfield, best-selling author of THE WAR OF ART and TURNING PRO

If you want to achieve something original and meaningful with your life, you MUST learn to deal with rejection and criticism.

If you're an artist of any kind your work will be rejected by editors, curators and other gatekeepers. And each time you put it in front of the public, you expose yourself to criticism.

If you're an entrepreneur you face rejection by (potential) customers, partners and investors. Those same people won't hesitate to criticize you if they are unhappy (justified or not).

If you're chasing your dream job you'll receive your share of rejection letters. And once you land the job, taking flak when things go wrong is part of the deal.

If you're an athlete or sports player it's a battle to get on the team. And you'll hear about it from all sides - your coach, your team-mates and (so-called) supporters - if they think your performance isn't up to scratch.

If you're a campaigner for change you face inertia, resistance and hostility from everyone with an investment in the status quo. No wonder most people choose not to rock the boat.

Between them, rejection and criticism can rob you of your dream.

Many people set out on their chosen path full of hope and inspiration, only to turn back because they couldn't deal with the emotional impact of crushing rejections and vicious criticism.

If you want to avoid joining the legions of also-rans, you'll need to find practical, effective ways to deal with rejection and criticism.

Anyone who says 'don't take it so personally' doesn't understand what it's like when you are hit by a major rejection or biting criticism.

At least to begin with, it's almost impossible NOT to take it personally (for very good psychological reasons). To deal with rejection and criticism, you need to acknowledge the pain - and find ways to bounce back from the impact.

In short, you need to develop resilience.

In Resilience, Mark McGuinness explains why your reactions to rejection and criticism are completely understandable - and how to deal with them effectively.

Through stories from his own experience, as well as those of famous people who faced rejection and criticism on the road to their success, he will show you that you are far from alone in suffering from rejection and criticism.

And he draws on years of experience as a coach to give you practical advice that has been road-tested with hundreds of people facing similar challenges to you.

You will learn:

  • Why rejection and criticism hurt so much
  • Several ways you may be making rejection worse (without realising it)
  • How to keep going in spite of multiple rejections
  • Why your inner critic is (potentially) your best friend
  • When to ignore the critics - and when to listen
  • Whether (and how) to respond to insults and abuse
  • Why success is harder than it looks - and how to deal with it

This is not a theoretical book - it's packed with practical tips and techniques you can apply to your own challenges right away.

Whether you're just setting out, in the middle of your journey, or dealing with the unexpected challenges of success, Resilience will show you how to keep moving forward. 

Resilience will take you a few hours to read; its lessons will help you for the rest of your life.

Topics: resilience, creativity, rejection, criticism, success 

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About the author

Mark McGuinness is a creative business coach who has been helping clients overcome rejection, criticism and other obstacles to success since the mid-nineties.

He has also dealt with his own share of rejection and criticism, as a self-employed coach, psychotherapist, public speaker and writer. His blogs and ebooks are read by thousands of people every week, and he coaches clients all over the world.

Resilience distills over 16 years' experience of helping clients facing real-life challenges into a memorable and useful read.

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Publisher
Lateral Action Books
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Published on
Oct 21, 2012
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Pages
284
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ISBN
9780957566422
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Language
English
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Genres
Self-Help / Creativity
Self-Help / General
Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Self-Esteem
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Success
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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Mark McGuinness
“This is a How To manual at the highest level from a man who has lived the life and has watched and worked intimately with hundreds of others who’ve done the same.  Indispensable reading for anyone in a creative field who is seeking to achieve not just a flash of brilliance but a lifelong career.” 

Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art


“I love my work so much I would do it for free.”

Many creative people have uttered these words in a moment of enthusiasm—they express the joy of creative work. But they also hint at some of the pitfalls that lie in wait for creatives . . . 

In one sense, creative people have no problem with motivation. We fall in love with our creative work and pursue a career that allows us to do what we love every day. 

Psychological research confirms what we know in our hearts: we are at our most creative when we are driven by intrinsic motivation—working for the sheer joy of it, regardless of rewards. Focusing on extrinsic motivation—such as money, fame, or other rewards—can kill your creativity. 

If you don’t feel excited by the task in front of you, it’s impossible to do your best work, no matter what rewards it might bring. You may be determined not to sell out, but selling yourself short can be just as damaging. And when it comes to public recognition, comparisonitis and professional jealousy can consume far too much of your creative energy. 

Working for love is all well and good, but if you’re a creative professional you can’t ignore the rewards: you need money to enjoy your life and to fund your projects. You may not need to be famous, but you do need a good reputation within your professional network. And if you’re in a fame-driven industry you need a powerful public profile, whether or not you enjoy the limelight.

There’s a precious balance at play—get it wrong, and you could seriously damage your creativity and even your career. 

For the past twenty years creative coach Mark McGuinness has helped hundreds of creatives like you to overcome these challenges. 

In his latest book, Motivation for Creative People, Mark helps you rise to these challenges and create a fulfilling and rewarding creative career. All the solutions he shares have been tested with real people in real situations, including ways to:

* stay creative and in love with your work—even under pressure

* overcome Resistance to tackling your creative challenges

* reclaim your creative soul if you wander off your true path

* stop selling yourself short—and start reaping the rewards of your creativity

* attract the right kind of audience for your work

* cultivate an outstanding artistic reputation

* avoid destroying your creativity through attachment to money, fame, reputation, and other rewards

* surround yourself with people who support your creative ambitions

* avoid getting stuck in unhealthy comparisonitis or professional jealousy

* balance your inspiration, ambition, desires, and influences in the big picture of your creative career

Motivation for Creative People is the perfect guide to figuring out your different motivations and how they affect your creativity and career. 

The book is packed with practical advice and inspiring stories from Mark’s own experience, his transformative work with coaching clients, and famous creators and creations—including Stanley Kubrick, Dante, The Smiths, Shakespeare, kabuki drama, and Breaking Bad.

If you are serious about succeeding in your creative career—while staying true to your inspiration—read Motivation for Creative People  

Mark McGuinness
 “Of all the writers I know, I have learned the most about how to be a productive creative person from Mark. His tips are always realistic, accessible, and sticky. It’s not just talk, this is productivity advice that will change your life.”

Jocelyn K. Glei, author and Founding Editor, 99U

We are living in an age of unprecedented creative stimulation—via the internet, social media, all-pervasive technology, and an “always on” working culture.

Which means we are living in an age of unprecedented distraction from focused creative work—from all the same sources.

First, computers and the internet transformed the work we did at our desks. Then along came smartphones to transform our social lives and make our work mobile.

Now we have our work, our network, our media, and our social media with us wherever we go. Augmented Reality (AR) is layering more and more virtual elements over the physical world we inhabit, and Virtual Reality (VR) promises us escape to unlimited virtual worlds.

The pace of change is exciting, overwhelming, and unstoppable.

And creators are increasingly discovering a downside to the brave new world:

* countless distractions and interruptions

* endless email

* pressure to keep up

* anxiety about falling behind

* difficulty concentrating

* aches and pains from too much time at the keyboard

Dig a little deeper, and the biggest concern for many creatives is a nagging sense that their most important work is being left undone.

If you’re excited by the opportunities of the creative age, but worried about the effect of all those interruptions and digital distractions on your creative work, Productivity for Creative People has been written for you.

For the past twenty years creative coach Mark McGuinness has helped hundreds of creatives like you to overcome these challenges.

A poet and creative entrepreneur, he is the author of Motivation for Creative People and Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success. He is also a co-author of the bestselling books from 99U, Manage Your Day-to-Day and Maximize Your Potential.

Mark’s latest book, Productivity for Creative People, is a collection of insights, tips, and techniques to help you carve out time for your most important work – while managing your other commitments. All the solutions he shares have been tested with real people in real situations.

You will learn:

* How getting organized can make you more creative

* Why multitasking doesn’t work

* How to tell if you’re really overloaded – and what to do about it

* The importance of panicking early

* How doing nothing can make you more productive

* The crucial difference between incubation and procrastination

* How to carve out time for your most important creative work

* Why boredom is necessary for creativity

* What to do about all that email

* How to nap like a fighter pilot

* A simple technique to reduce smartphone addiction

Productivity for Creative People is the perfect guide to creating extraordinary work without (necessarily) disappearing to a cabin in the woods, or even giving up your smartphone.


“Many creative people are busier than ever, but rarely get around to the work that truly matters. Mark McGuinness offers solid and practical advice for busy creative people who want to make their mark on the world.”

Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative


“Authors now have amazing online tools to reach readers all over the world, but those same tools can distract us from the focused creativity that we love and that we need to write better books. In Productivity for Creative People, Mark McGuinness outlines a way of working that will help you sort out what’s really important and achieve your creative goals, while still managing your daily tasks. Recommended for any author who is feeling overwhelmed.”

Joanna Penn, bestselling author and award-winning entrepreneur. TheCreativePenn.com

Mark McGuinness
“This is a How To manual at the highest level from a man who has lived the life and has watched and worked intimately with hundreds of others who’ve done the same.  Indispensable reading for anyone in a creative field who is seeking to achieve not just a flash of brilliance but a lifelong career.” 

Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art


“I love my work so much I would do it for free.”

Many creative people have uttered these words in a moment of enthusiasm—they express the joy of creative work. But they also hint at some of the pitfalls that lie in wait for creatives . . . 

In one sense, creative people have no problem with motivation. We fall in love with our creative work and pursue a career that allows us to do what we love every day. 

Psychological research confirms what we know in our hearts: we are at our most creative when we are driven by intrinsic motivation—working for the sheer joy of it, regardless of rewards. Focusing on extrinsic motivation—such as money, fame, or other rewards—can kill your creativity. 

If you don’t feel excited by the task in front of you, it’s impossible to do your best work, no matter what rewards it might bring. You may be determined not to sell out, but selling yourself short can be just as damaging. And when it comes to public recognition, comparisonitis and professional jealousy can consume far too much of your creative energy. 

Working for love is all well and good, but if you’re a creative professional you can’t ignore the rewards: you need money to enjoy your life and to fund your projects. You may not need to be famous, but you do need a good reputation within your professional network. And if you’re in a fame-driven industry you need a powerful public profile, whether or not you enjoy the limelight.

There’s a precious balance at play—get it wrong, and you could seriously damage your creativity and even your career. 

For the past twenty years creative coach Mark McGuinness has helped hundreds of creatives like you to overcome these challenges. 

In his latest book, Motivation for Creative People, Mark helps you rise to these challenges and create a fulfilling and rewarding creative career. All the solutions he shares have been tested with real people in real situations, including ways to:

* stay creative and in love with your work—even under pressure

* overcome Resistance to tackling your creative challenges

* reclaim your creative soul if you wander off your true path

* stop selling yourself short—and start reaping the rewards of your creativity

* attract the right kind of audience for your work

* cultivate an outstanding artistic reputation

* avoid destroying your creativity through attachment to money, fame, reputation, and other rewards

* surround yourself with people who support your creative ambitions

* avoid getting stuck in unhealthy comparisonitis or professional jealousy

* balance your inspiration, ambition, desires, and influences in the big picture of your creative career

Motivation for Creative People is the perfect guide to figuring out your different motivations and how they affect your creativity and career. 

The book is packed with practical advice and inspiring stories from Mark’s own experience, his transformative work with coaching clients, and famous creators and creations—including Stanley Kubrick, Dante, The Smiths, Shakespeare, kabuki drama, and Breaking Bad.

If you are serious about succeeding in your creative career—while staying true to your inspiration—read Motivation for Creative People  

Mark McGuinness
 “Of all the writers I know, I have learned the most about how to be a productive creative person from Mark. His tips are always realistic, accessible, and sticky. It’s not just talk, this is productivity advice that will change your life.”

Jocelyn K. Glei, author and Founding Editor, 99U

We are living in an age of unprecedented creative stimulation—via the internet, social media, all-pervasive technology, and an “always on” working culture.

Which means we are living in an age of unprecedented distraction from focused creative work—from all the same sources.

First, computers and the internet transformed the work we did at our desks. Then along came smartphones to transform our social lives and make our work mobile.

Now we have our work, our network, our media, and our social media with us wherever we go. Augmented Reality (AR) is layering more and more virtual elements over the physical world we inhabit, and Virtual Reality (VR) promises us escape to unlimited virtual worlds.

The pace of change is exciting, overwhelming, and unstoppable.

And creators are increasingly discovering a downside to the brave new world:

* countless distractions and interruptions

* endless email

* pressure to keep up

* anxiety about falling behind

* difficulty concentrating

* aches and pains from too much time at the keyboard

Dig a little deeper, and the biggest concern for many creatives is a nagging sense that their most important work is being left undone.

If you’re excited by the opportunities of the creative age, but worried about the effect of all those interruptions and digital distractions on your creative work, Productivity for Creative People has been written for you.

For the past twenty years creative coach Mark McGuinness has helped hundreds of creatives like you to overcome these challenges.

A poet and creative entrepreneur, he is the author of Motivation for Creative People and Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success. He is also a co-author of the bestselling books from 99U, Manage Your Day-to-Day and Maximize Your Potential.

Mark’s latest book, Productivity for Creative People, is a collection of insights, tips, and techniques to help you carve out time for your most important work – while managing your other commitments. All the solutions he shares have been tested with real people in real situations.

You will learn:

* How getting organized can make you more creative

* Why multitasking doesn’t work

* How to tell if you’re really overloaded – and what to do about it

* The importance of panicking early

* How doing nothing can make you more productive

* The crucial difference between incubation and procrastination

* How to carve out time for your most important creative work

* Why boredom is necessary for creativity

* What to do about all that email

* How to nap like a fighter pilot

* A simple technique to reduce smartphone addiction

Productivity for Creative People is the perfect guide to creating extraordinary work without (necessarily) disappearing to a cabin in the woods, or even giving up your smartphone.


“Many creative people are busier than ever, but rarely get around to the work that truly matters. Mark McGuinness offers solid and practical advice for busy creative people who want to make their mark on the world.”

Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative


“Authors now have amazing online tools to reach readers all over the world, but those same tools can distract us from the focused creativity that we love and that we need to write better books. In Productivity for Creative People, Mark McGuinness outlines a way of working that will help you sort out what’s really important and achieve your creative goals, while still managing your daily tasks. Recommended for any author who is feeling overwhelmed.”

Joanna Penn, bestselling author and award-winning entrepreneur. TheCreativePenn.com

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