Sum It Up Sunday - Rejected
It happens. For every “yes” I get from someone agreeing to be a guest on the podcast, about 20 people say “no”or don’t answer at all.
A percentage like that might seem high, but I don’t mind it at all. The guests who do say yes are always eager to talk about what they do (Check out Sumi, that guy LOVES coffee).
Some folks say no because we don’t have a large audience yet. I get that, and as the Mike Meyers SNL character “Middle Aged Man” would shout when someone noticed his spreading middle: “I’m workin’ on it!”
You know what would help with the growth of our audience? You! That’s right, you. Tell folks about it, share it on social media, spread the word. The more ears we get listening in, the more guests we’ll get.
It’s fun doing these interviews because I get to chat with folks I find interesting. The aim of that conversation, as always, is to show how we are all connected by food. We are more alike than we realize.
Rejection and connection may seem like two very different things. They aren’t. We have all dealt with rejection before. (Unless you are Jerry Seinfeld. In the words of Alec Baldwin when he was a guest on Jerry’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and Jerry said he'd never been fat a day in his life: "Your life has been one unbroken boulevard of green lights, hasn't it?")
Rejection gives me a chance to hone my networking skills and reach out further and further to find amazing folks. Like one of my favorties, John Rohner. There are also the folks who are on a mission like Dr. Lori Choi, Judalaine Cassidy and Morgan Roddy, to name only a few of the almost 50 folks we’ve chatted with.
I’m not saying that we have to wholeheartedly accept rejection. Not at all. I mean that we can move on and, in my case, find others who are game to chat about food. I let go of the folks that said no, or didn’t even reply, because I am not about to be hampered by that. There are too many folks on this planet that I want to chat with, connections to be made, and food to be tasted and discovered, so I am going to keep at it!