You want to contact a star in your field to pitch a collaboration, but you’re afraid your dreams are ridiculous.
You want to propose a new way of doing things to your supervisor, but you’re afraid she will dismiss you.
You want to submit your written work for publication, but you just can’t take another rejection.
You want to try a new sport, but you are afraid you won’t be good enough.
You want to make a new mom friend, but you don’t give her your number because you’re afraid she’s not interested.
You want to tell your parents how you honestly feel. But you’re afraid they won’t understand.
All of us face rejection throughout our lives. The easiest way to save ourselves heartache is to avoid risking failure at all, and just play it safe.
Stick to what we’re good at, and hope that the dreams tugging away at our souls will just leave us alone. That we can continue with the status quo–it’s good enough, isn’t it?
My friend, success coach and award-winning speaker, Alec Borenstein says NO WAY.
Find out why from his talk, “Yes Lives in the Land of No”:
In case you can’t watch the video, here’s what you need to know:
- Love “no” because without it, there is no “yes.”
- By seeking out the “no,” you are closer to finding “yes.” Every time you are rejected, you’re that much closer to an opportunity where someone will say yes.
- Don’t take a “no” personally. It doesn’t reflect on you as a person — it’s just information.
When I was a teenager, and was into very cool gear like the No Fear brand (remember those?). I had a No Fear shirt that said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” And that’s exactly it.
If we live in constant fear of “no,” we’ll never seek out the opportunities where we would have found a “yes.”
Thanks to Alec for this inspiring clip. You can check out his website here for future speaking events.
What opportunities would you pursue if you weren’t afraid of no? Share in the comments.
Like what you see? Want to read more? Follow me on Twitter @Iammomsblog, follow me on Pinterest at Iammomsblog, or subscribe to I Am Moms to receive posts by e-mail. Follow @Iammomsblog Follow Me on Pinterest