Friday 15 June 2018


- Michael Rigby

Many of us know the word, “unfortunately”. It’s a word that tends to mean rejection. For example, when applying for that job, we wait days/weeks for a reply from the company we think we would like to work for and the unaccountable amount of times majority of applicants who will or have received the word “unfortunately” can have a major impact on someone’s own belief within themselves.

Meaning, when receiving that rejection email/letter can sometimes make you feel like you’re not good enough. I can say that it had an effect on myself, I’ve applied for that opportunity which I feel would be a perfect fit for me. However, I wasn’t picked. Yes, I became very depressed etc.. because I wasn’t given the opportunity. For a while, I wondered what I had to be doing so I could be picked next time.

Despite, all of that. I’ve realised that I shouldn’t wait for those people to pick me. We have the time to work on ourselves and improve our abilities which would make those companies want to pick us. 

The word, “unfortunately”. It’s not a meaning of failure. It means we all have the chance to make ourselves stronger and smarter. I’ve experienced rejection, I did get depressed about it but it’s made me stronger. I now know what I actually want to pursue in life because of those set-backs. 

Therefore, never let yourself get depressed about not being chosen. Use the opportunity to build something for yourself. Whatever, it may be. Doesn’t matter who you are, we have the chance in our hands already. Take that risk.

That opportunity that, “unfortunately” you weren’t accepted for could actually be a blessing in disguise. 

Keep going and never give up.

Hi, I'm Michael Rigby and I study Sports Business and Broadcasting at UCFB Wembley. I have experienced mental illness, including depression and social anxiety since the age of 14.

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