Most academic careers are built around applications for jobs, grants, awards, stipends, scholarships, and so forth. Competition is generally strong and as such, academics are frequently faced with rejection. In this episode, Erin and Judith ask what is so difficult about facing academic and other professional rejections and how to move forward from that initial sting.


Drawing on their experiences facing rejected publications proposals, job applications, award applications, and more, the hosts share some of their disappointments, their ways of making sense of various rejections, and their strategies for building resilience in light of adversity. As parents, they also discuss how they use their own strategies to help their children overcome the fear of rejection and process their disappointment when they actually experience rejection in their own lives.


This week's hack comes from Nir Eyal's article, "The Case Against To-Do Lists (and What to Use Instead)" which can be found at:



The opening and closing song, "Vienna Beat"  by  Blue Dot Sessions  is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial License and shared through the Free Music Archive: 

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