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Ep. 201 - Ben Mezrich: Success after 190 Rejection Slips

Ep. 201 - Ben Mezrich: Success after 190 Rejection Slips

“When I was a struggling writer, before I wrote my first book, I got 190 rejection slips.”   He taped them to the walls like a serial killer.   “My wallpaper was rejection slips.”   “What was the worst one...,” I asked Ben Mezrich, a New York Times bestselling author. Over the past five or six years, I’ve probably read all of his books. He wrote “Bringing Down the House,” which became the movie “21”. He wrote, “Accidental Billionaires,” which became “The Social Network” where Jesse Eisenberg played a seemingly evil Mark Zuckerberg.   The New Yorker sent him just a page with the most powerful word known to man.   “It was just, ‘No,’” Ben said, “I was rejected by a janitor at a publishing house because I sent a manuscript to an editor who was no longer working there and the manuscript ended up in the trash can. A janitor took it out of the trash, read it and sent me a rejection letter.”   That was his big chance. Not Ben’s.   The janitor.   “I’ve never wanted to write a book,” Ben said.