Fearing the worst

How does it feel after failing an interview, seeing your business fail or having your sales pitch fall flat? Rejection from any quarter can make us feel terrible.

Behind this feeling lies our brain’s tendency to attach the worst possible reason for failure of any sort. Phrases such as “worst-case scenario” and “fearing the worst” are steeped in our vocabulary.

The reason for rejection need not signify our inadequacy. Maybe the people we pitched to were looking for something different. Perhaps the interviewer was grappling with a personal emergency and could pay sufficient attention to our responses. There are a thousand possible reasons for things not going as intended.

The worst case though, is just a possible outcome. Let us stop behaving as if it is the only possible outcome.

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