Will you Reject Me Already?

Womens-leadership-speaker-Colette-Carlson"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." ~Walt Disney

Among the most vivid memories stored in my brain’s what-doesn’t-kill-us-makes-us-stronger area is that day on the school bus in 7th grade. New to the neighborhood and school, I wanted friends more than air to breathe! I listened to the “cool” girls sitting behind me, laughing and chatting about their plans at the mall that afternoon. How I longed to be one of them… Gathering all my nerve until just seconds before my stop, I turned around, smiled, and asked if I could join them. Silence. They all stared at me frozenly. The leader of the group – at least in this instance, since her mother was going to be driving – looked uncomfortable as she quickly replied, “Sorry, there’s no room in the car.” Mind you, this was back when seatbelts were regarded as optional, and people crammed as many bodies into their cars as would fit.

I turned back around and willed myself not to cry. (More…)


Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at http://www.ColetteCarlson.com or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. Ahhhh, rejection.  It happens to all of us. Thanks for letting me know that I'm not alone! 

  2. Well, the motivational speaker in me jumped for joy after reading your post, Colette. Why? Because what struck me was how vividly you can still recall not only the experience, but all the emotions as well. And that's the way it is, right? Those emotions stay with us, sometimes forever. What I love so much is how you evaluated that experience and those emotions from a place of power. From a place that asks, "What did I learn from this that I can use to lift me up and make me stronger and better?" As we all know, that is not always how people evaluate those negative things that happen to them. Really good stuff, Colette. Thank you for sharing this one.

  3. As a motivational speaker, I am convinced that the very things that made me weird, left out, rejected – turned out to be the very things that made me great. Yes, rejection does make the character grow stronger. Thanks for the reminder Colette.

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