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My Favorite Rejections

I tweeted recently about the idea of keeping a “failure resume” which was recommended by an article published in the New York Times.

“You learn much more from failure than success…”

Timely article. I just had two manuscripts rejected after extensive revision. In the world of academic publishing, #failure is part of the path to #success. https://t.co/j40b6BdGAz— Ed Mariano, MD (@EMARIANOMD) February 6, 2019

If I have learned one thing in academics, it’s this–you have to develop thick skin. Success in scientific journal publication is built on a pile of rejections. For every trainee and junior faculty member out there, know that your mentors have survived countless rejections (failures) to get to where they are today.

Rather than bemoan these rejections, perhaps we should celebrate them instead. Each failure can be a learning opportunity. I dug through some old emails to find a few of my favorite rejections and happily share them below. Enjoy!

“It’s not you. It’s me.”

“It’s not me. It’s you.”

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