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The road to success is littered with speed bumps. Every celebrated actor, writer, musician, artist, inventor and entrepreneur has faced debilitating career rejection on their journey to the top. We tell their fascinating stories and break down exactly how they achieved their remarkable goals. Because hidden inside each rejection is a unique insight. And we’re here to find it.
At its heart, this podcast is about persistence and inspiration.
From the creators of Under the Influence:
Executive Producer & Host: Terry O'Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O'Reilly
Director: Callie O'Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O'Reilly
Engineer: Keith Ohman
Researchers: Allison Pinches & Abby Forsyth.
Theme music by: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner
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    • 4.6 • 774 Ratings

The road to success is littered with speed bumps. Every celebrated actor, writer, musician, artist, inventor and entrepreneur has faced debilitating career rejection on their journey to the top. We tell their fascinating stories and break down exactly how they achieved their remarkable goals. Because hidden inside each rejection is a unique insight. And we’re here to find it.
At its heart, this podcast is about persistence and inspiration.
From the creators of Under the Influence:
Executive Producer & Host: Terry O'Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O'Reilly
Director: Callie O'Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O'Reilly
Engineer: Keith Ohman
Researchers: Allison Pinches & Abby Forsyth.
Theme music by: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner
This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Company and powered by Acast.

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    Rejecting Misty Copeland

    Rejecting Misty Copeland

    Misty Copeland made history as the first Black female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But along her incredible journey to the front of the stage, Copeland was told she had the wrong body for ballet. That she was too curvy, too short, too old, that her skin colour ruined the “aesthetic." Join us this week as we tell Copeland’s story — from sleeping on the floor of a motel room to becoming one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People.
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    • 42 min
    Rejecting Rocky Bleier, Part 2

    Rejecting Rocky Bleier, Part 2

    In Part Two of Rejecting Rocky Bleier, Bleier visits his old coach at Notre Dame who gives him some upsetting news. The Steelers have a changing of the guard. And the team that drafted Bleier for his heart, gets to see it in action.
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    • 38 min
    Rejecting Rocky Bleier

    Rejecting Rocky Bleier

    Rocky Bleier is a four-time Super Bowl champion. In his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he rushed nearly 4000 yards and scored 30 touchdowns. But just a decade earlier, Bleier was drafted in the 16th round, to a bad team, given no playing time. Then, the day he thought he was about to get cut, he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War.
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    • 33 min
    Rejecting Hinge

    Rejecting Hinge

    The global online dating market is expected to reach $11B USD by 2028. With websites like Match.com and eHarmony and apps like Tinder and Hinge, today’s singles have the world at their fingertips. But back when Hinge was in its infancy, founder Justin McLeod was rejected by investors - then users, then the Apple App Store, then Vanity Fair magazine - before becoming one of the leading dating apps in North America. Today, it's the most-mentioned dating app in the New York Times wedding section.
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    • 41 min
    Rejecting Cyndi Lauper

    Rejecting Cyndi Lauper

    Cyndi Lauper has sold over 50 million records worldwide. She’s a singer, songwriter and activist whose first album She’s So Unusual landed her on the list of top female debut artists of all time. But before going six-times certified platinum, Lauper was ridiculed for her eclectic look and fired from bands time after time. She was broke, working at a vintage store and skipping dinner every other night. Then came the WWE.
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    • 42 min
    Rejecting Leslie Jones

    Rejecting Leslie Jones

    Chris Rock once described Leslie Jones as “about as funny as a human being can be.” She was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live for six years, she’s a Ghostbuster and a three-time Emmy nominee. But before landing her big break, Jones was a struggling comedian. By the time she turned 45, she had yet to make a steady paycheck in comedy and considered quitting altogether. Then Lorne Michaels called.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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774 Ratings

774 Ratings

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Inspiring!

This show is so well done and highly inspiring! I love the format and topics.

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Really enjoying this podcast and catching up on old episodes.

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James Dyson

Having listened to numerous informative Rejection podcasts the one on James Dyson was mythical. I know of no one personally or through the media who has persevered through rejection and disappointment like Dyson has managed to do. Yet he continued through a believe in yourself system precious few of the 7 billion plus inhabitants of this biosphere have ever witnessed. Who but Dyson could continue to build thousands and thousands of prototypes in an unheated shed to ultimately perfect his dual cyclone vacuum system. If you are experiencing a dark or unsupportive day to your ideas or believe in yourself system take solace in knowing this is a well worn path by many a successful individual who just…didn’t…give…up. Like James Dyson.

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