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How I Got Published On Forbes

Around here, I talk a LOT about #nevergivingup.

(Okay, I don’t know if that’s actually a hashtag, but if it’s not, I’m pretty sure I just made it one!)

That’s why today I want to tell you a little story that starts with a big number: 17.

Would you just die if I told you that 17 is the exact number of times I was rejected by Huffington Post before publishing my first article?

Well, it IS. (I know. It’s cringe-worthy. But stick with me cause I swear there’s a happy ending. ;) )

For months, I sent off article pitch after article pitch, waited around with bated breath (or more accurately, kept building my empire, although I did obsessively reload my email #guilty) and then had to read the words, “Sorry, but…” 17 different times.

Yeah, it didn’t feel great. But there was a silver lining because Huffington Post – while amazing – wasn’t my “dream” publication. I head my heart – and my vision board – set on Forbes, baby!

Yup, Forbes. You know, the magazine and online publication with a global audience of over 7 million readers and known for curating the world-renowned (and much-coveted) Forbes 30 Under 30 List?

Yeah, that was my dream: becoming a Forbes contributor. But yet, here I was, getting big, fat rejection (after rejection) from Huffington Post….a publication that honestly barely scratched the surface of Forbes terms of size and influence.

At this point, you might be wondering 1) where in the world I’m going with this and 2) how in the world I ever kept my faith –and wound up published in both HuffPo *and* Forbes–after all that rejection. And that’s exactly why I’m here today, ladylove.

In my BRAND NEW Champagne Series episode, “How I Got Published in Forbes,” I’m breaking it all down for you.

>>> Watch full video here.

Tune in and you’ll hear the never-before-told story about how I finally got published in Forbes, including how I kept my faith through heart-ripping-after-heart-ripping rejection (I’ve spilling some secrets for believing in your own ideas, even if other people just don’t “see” it!), the 2 powerful beliefs I adopted about myself and my work that allowed me to keep pitching my articles to both Huffington Post and Forbes, even in the face of phenomenal failure and I’m even opening up (for the first time) about the real (and slightly embarrassing) story behind the very first article I ever published online.

At the end of the day, I’m grateful for all those rejections because they taught me so much about how important it is for ME to stand behind my own ideas & worth.And that’s my parting love note for you today: Please don’t ever give up on your ideas–or yourself–even if others reject you.

‘Cause if you’re doing good work, and you believe in it deeply, you WILL get what you want, eventually.

I promise that if a girl who got rejected 17 times, who doesn’t write or speak English as her first language and who grew up in a post-communist country where no one even DARED to dream or do things “outside the norm” can create a million dollar business, get published in one of the most-read publications ever all while building a lifestyle she absolutely loves, YOU can do anything, too. Just as long as you don’t give up because of a little (or a lot) of rejection, of course. ;)

I can’t wait for you to hear the whole story and get my best (and hard-won) tips for getting published by your dream publication (or whatever your big dream is), too!

>>> Catch the new episode now here.

See you on YouTube,

Daria Zest

P.S. Haven't read my three recent articles on Forbes yet? Go read now here.