You could very easily shut down after you, well, get shut down. It might even feel like you don't have anything else worth working on, especially now that your idea is off the table. But it's also important to remember that you still have plenty of other things to do at work. And even though your manager said "no thanks," I'm willing to bet that she has bigger priorities on her plate that she could use your help with.
So, instead of pouting, find out what you can be working on instead. This response will show her that you're truly a team player, even when you've been shut down. And if and when there is a fit for one of your brilliant ideas, your boss will remember just how helpful you are and make sure you get the resources needed to accomplish it.
So far, we've talked about what to do when your idea gets shot down. And that's a great start. But are you still feeling like you should keep your "big" mouth shut? Does it seem easier to keep your thoughts to yourself, especially if your boss always says no to your ideas?
I hope you don't buy into that idea.
Raising your hand (either literally or metaphorically) takes guts. And every time you do it, it gets a little easier and a little less scary. So don't stop speaking up. Instead, push yourself to turn every single rejection into a lesson. Eventually, you'll get so good at pitching your ideas that they'll be (almost) impossible to turn down.
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This article originally appeared on The Muse.