A Life Lesson from American Idol about Dealing with Rejection

Are you watching American Idol? I DVD it and then zoom through it. There was something Ellen DeGeneres said that was so impressive. She was talking to the annoying girl-with-glasses who wouldn’t go home.

(Just to quality that…I didn’t mean girl-with-glasses was annoying because she wears glasses. I wear glasses. She was just annoying.)

It’s a little long…you can click it off when you’re tired of listening to her begging.

Anyway…Ellen said to her, “This is just one ‘no’ in your life. You will get many ‘no’s. It doesn’t mean it’s ‘the’ no.”

Those words just resonated with me. That’s a writers’ life! Lots and lots of no’s. I’m heading over to a writers’ conference tonight and teaching a workshop tomorrow. I’m going to reference Ellen’s wise lesson about getting no’s. Rejection is part of the package when you are trying a creative endeavor.

By contrast, look at this young woman’s attitude about rejection. AWESOME!!!

I worry about people like girl-with-glasses. She may be incredibly talented, but there’s an extra quality that she is going to need if she ever wants to get anywhere with her music. It’s called: perseverance.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Ann Ostermann says:

    I totally agree with you, Suzanne. No one can expect to make it in music, or many other professions, without being able to deal gracefully with the all the no's they will hear. It was heartwarming to see Lacy come back, more confident, having worked hard, and seeing the results of that year come to fruition in a yes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The weather here is cold and cloudy. Would love to win a book.