J.K. Rowling's book was rejected by 12 publishers before a small London house picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor who said he "lacked imagination."
Decca Records turned down a contract with the Beatles, saying "We don't like their sound."
Michael Jordan was cut from his high-school varsity basketball team sophomore year.
What makes some people rebound from defeats and go on to greatness while others throw in the towel? Self-efficacy!
(So the next time someone tells you that you're self-delusional, just tell them you're full of self-efficacy!)