What do you do when someone says “No” to something that you really want? How do you react?
Today I started thinking about this… as an actor and singer, rejection is so….typical. expected. par for the course. We performers deal with hearing “No” more often then not. Like, seriously, ALL the time! Sometimes it really hurts…. sometimes we just end up having a soy latte with our Besty at Starbucks and never think about it again…. but the fact is, we get said “No” to SO often that now I’m starting to wonder… is that weird? Are there other people out there who get rejected this much? Are there people out there that DON’T have to hear “No” 100 times before they hear “Yes”?
I’m guessing you can learn a lot about a person by how they react to hearing “No” (although I hope no one is studying me, because I admit I’ve had at least a few seriously questionable reactions myself!! ) Do you get crushed? Do you feel defeated? Do you feel enraged? Defiant? Does it empower you to keep going? To pick yourself back up? To do better? To be the BEST?
As I was thinking about all of this… I saw this quote posted on Facebook:
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
That’s the same guy who is quoted as saying this:
“Never, Never, NEVER Give Up.”
That sounds like a guy who heard the word “No” a few times.