In Others’ Words: Forward Motion
“I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.” ~ Thomas Edison, American inventor
Things didn’t go as planned yesterday. (Well, actually today. But when you read this post, it will be yesterday. Sorry. Digressing.)
I put a lot of time and effort — and also utilized someone else’s time and effort — into something. And all that combined time and effort produced a “No, thank you.”
It was a pleasant “No, thank you” — a we-hope-to-talk-with-you-again-soon “No, thank you.” But, ultimately, it was a no.
I hate nos. Don’t you?
There was a bit of an “ouch” to this no. And part of me wanted to pout. And then I thought: Well, I could pout or I could move on. Pouting doesn’t accomplish much — and it certainly does nothing for my looks! So, I decided to figure out how to move past the “No, thank you” and look for the new direction.
I accepted the no, embraced the “let’s talk again” and surrounded myself with encouraging friends. And when I read Thomas Edison’s quote, I smiled. I like that man’s approach to life — his approach to nos.
In Your Words: I’d love to hear what you do when you hear a “No, thank you” and you were hoping for an “Absolutely yes!” Does it knock you off your feet or invite you to step forward?
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