I am afraid that rejection and failure and disappointment are a regular feature of ordinary life, no matter how successful someone may be. Any set of circumstances in which one reaches out for something: acceptance, approval, the good opinion of friends and family-the good opinion of anyone at all-- there is the risk and, indeed, the certainty of rejection from time to time.
Ever notice how being turned down stops some people from trying again, while others bounce back from rejection stronger than before? Everyone experiences the sting of rejection, but mentally strong people use that pain to grow stronger and become better. Whether you were excluded from a social engagement, or you were passed up for a promotion, rejection hurts.
I sometimes feel that the way we approach failure is lacking. Or rather, I sometimes feel that the absence of discussion about failure causes us problems later on in our lives. Let me explain what I mean. Like many people, my childhood involved a pretty standard approach to the topics of success and failure.
I've experienced it. You've experienced it. Even U2 has experienced it. Yet every time it happens, we're reminded again how not fun it is to be rejected. Rejection knows no bounds, invading social, romantic and job situations alike.