We’re all going to hear the word “no” more times than we’d like to. How we respond when we hear the word “no” will determine our success or failure.
In a work situation, to get a “no” will immediately set up a roadblock that if you move forward, you’ll run the risk of being labeled insubordinate. One solution is to not even ask in the first place and implement your idea. If it works, you’ll be applauded. If it doesn’t, then apologize. Remember, it’s always easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask permission.
In a situation where you’re looking for someone to hire you or buy your product, consider what that prospect is really saying when they tell you “no.” What they’re really doing is asking for more information. If you can supply them with new information, they could potentially make a different decision.
There are countless examples of people who have heard “no” multiple times, but persevered until they found the “yes.” The creators of the smash-hit “Breaking Bad” were told “no” but at least three different TV networks.
They may have made some modifications to their concept, but they did not abandon it completely. More than likely, their “pitch” changed and incorporated new information. In hindsight, the TV executive who gave it the green light is likely viewed as smarter and more promotable than the ones who turned it down.
So why not help someone advance their own career, by giving them the opportunity to say “yes” to your idea or project?