Hear about the the limitations of always playing it safe and why the ability to handle rejection can be such an incredibly powerful asset during your career. Andy Whelan shares his story of how he relaunched his career from being an actor to a small business owner and eventually a career coach. Afterwards, I’ll share my thoughts on how I manage rejection in my own life and career.

Key Career Insights

  1. When you’re thinking about career change, try to focus on the people you’re going to serve or the value you’ll have an opportunity to provide rather than just focusing on what you gain.
  2. Our tendency to avoid pain can prevent us from truly pushing the boundaries of our career and finding work we find more meaningful.

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Resources Mentioned

  • Andy mentioned his involvement with Young Storytellers, inspiring young people to discover the power of their voice.
  • If you’re interested in hearing more career insights from Andy, he’ll be speaking at the Adobe Max Creativity Conference in Las Vegas, Oct 18-20, 2017.

Listener Challenge

Mental Fuel®During this episode’s Mental Fuel segment, I talked about the importance of identifying one mechanism in your life that can recharge you when you get rejected. What’s one thing that you KNOW you can do to help you stand back up after you get knocked down? If you have a useful technique to manage rejection in your own career, share your tip with the Career Relaunch community by leaving a comment below.


About Career Coach & Actor Andy Whelan

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Andrew Whelan is an accomplished career coach and small business owner. His background also includes performing at The Second City and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His results-oriented, growth mindset approach to coaching has helped hundreds of graduates and freelancers achieve professional success. His current coaching focuses on General Assembly immersive students and entrepreneurs, guiding them through their branding and job search.

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About Joseph Liu

Joseph Liu is dedicated to helping people relaunch their careers and have more meaningful careers. As a public speaker, career consultant, and host of the Career Relaunch podcast, he shares insights from relaunching global consumer brands to empower professionals to more effectively marketing their personal brands.

About Joseph Liu

Joseph Liu helps aspiring professionals relaunch their careers to do work that matters. As a keynote speaker, career & personal branding consultant, and host of the Career Relaunch podcast, his passion is helping people gain the clarity, confidence, and courage to pursue truly meaningful careers. Having gone through three major career changes himself, he now shares insights from building & relaunching global consumer brands to empower professionals and business owners to build & relaunch their personal brands.