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How to Respond to “No”

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?


Too Young or Too Old Is Not An Excuse

If you think your age is the reason you aren’t able to go after your dreams, you are wrong! Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages.
1) Helen Keller became deaf & blind at the age of 19 months, but that didn’t stop her from becoming the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard & violin and started composing at the age of 5.
3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”
4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote The Diary of Anne Frank.
5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess grandmaster at the age of 13.
6) Nadia Comăneci, a Romania gymnast, scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.
7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
8) Pele, soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
9) Elvis was a Superstar by age 19.
10) John Lennon was 20 and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.
11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.
12) Beethoven was a Piano virtuoso by age 23.
13) Issac Newton, at 24, wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record.
15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the Theory of Relativity.
16) Lance E Armstrong was 27 when he won the Tour de France.
17) Michelangelo created the two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28.
18) Alexander the Great had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world by age 29.
19) J.K.Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript for Harry Potter.
20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind.
22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest (highest mountain in the world.)
23) Martin Luther King Jr was 34 When he did the speech “I Have a Dream.”
24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903.
25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32 ) and Wilbur (36), invented and built the world’s first successful airplane. When they made the first controlled, powered flight, they proved that heavier-than-air human flight was possible.
26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died. He was virtually unknown at the time, but his paintings are worth millions today.
27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and was 49 when he wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas.
30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.
31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years when he became President of the United States.
32) Henry Ford was 45 when the Model T came out.
33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote The Hunger Games.
34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became President.
37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought McDonalds and took it to unprecedented levels.
38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote The Cat in the Hat.
40) Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived.
41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken.
42) J R R Tolkien was 62 when The Lord of the Ring books came out.
43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the United States.
44) Jack Lalane, at age 70, was handcuffed and shackled and towed 70 rowboats.
45) Nelson Mandela was 76 When he became President.


What is Impossible?

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small people who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” 

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The Key to My Destiny

My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force. I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.” 

Elaine Maxwell

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