Say “Yes” To “No!”

Do you like being told “No?” What do you do? How do you handle it?

One of my favorite illustrations from my old and worn out copy of What Color is Your Parachute, is an entire page of the word “No”, typed over and over, and finally at the end of the page is the word “YES!” Every obstacle in life, every setback, and every time you hear the word “No” could be an excuse to stop and give up. But do you?

Instead, do you see it as merely a barrier towards your success that you are just required to push past? When it comes to sales, the best sales people are not those who are lucky or just have good prospects… they are the ones who are the most persistent. You could also look at every missed swing in baseball as a “No” also. The players with the most home runs are the ones who take the most swings. Even they miss more than that hit.

Here is a riddle for you… What famous/successful people were once told “No” or that they would never make it?

The answer… ALL OF THEM!

Walt Disney was told no and that “he lacked imagination.”

Elvis was told no after performing at the Grand Ole Opry, and that he would “be better off driving trucks in Memphis.”

Steve Jobs… was fired from his own company!

His father told Charles Darwin that he would never find success due to his ordinariness and below average intelligence. (How is that for a “No?”)

And finally… Marilyn Monroe… She was told by modeling agencies at the beginning of her career that she should just become a secretary.

History is rich with people who were told “No” but succeeded otherwise. Why shouldn’t you?

Every time sometime tells you “No” it puts you closer to the moment when you will hear someone say “Yes.” Whenever someone questions your capabilities, it gives you an opportunity to prove them wrong.

Never allow anyone to tell you “No” or that you can’t do something. How are they to know what you are capable of or not? Never tell yourself “No” either and for the same reason! Even you do no  know what you are fully able to do yourself. Because every time you give it your all but still fall short of your own expectations you are one step closer to the moment when you will succeed. You will surprise the naysayers and more than likely even surprise yourself.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado


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