From a great piece
in yesterday's Wall Street Journal about college rejection letters and the people who've received them:
"Teenagers who face rejection will be joining good company, including
Nobel laureates, billionaire philanthropists, university presidents,
constitutional scholars, best-selling authors and other leaders of
business, media and the arts who once received college or
graduate-school rejection letters of their own."
According to the article, Warren Buffet had this to say about his college rejection from Harvard:
"The truth is, everything that has happened in my life[…] that I thought was a crushing event at the time, has turned out for the better," Mr. Buffett says. With the exception of health problems, he says, setbacks teach "lessons that carry you along. You learn that a temporary defeat is not a permanent one. In the end, it can be an opportunity."
And for the parents reading, Buffet remembers how his father responded to the rejection.
"As it turned out, his father responded with 'only this unconditional love…an unconditional belief in me…'"