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“How many no’s have to be surmounted before you get to a yes?”

A thought by Seth Godin (2011-03-01) from his book, Poke the Box (Kindle Locations 129-130). AmazonEncore. Kindle Edition.

Have you ever thought about the fact that you have to learn to get past the no’s in your life to get to the yes?  With every yes there are going to be no’s. 

Do you realize how many different thoughts that I said no to before I said yes to this one that I am writing about right now?  I could not find one today that really gripped me to start writing about until I got to this one by Seth Godin.  Now I could have stopped at one point and said, I guess I’m not in the mood today so I’ll go do something else but I didn’t.  I changed my location from the Seminole Library to Starbucks and continued looking in my Kindle to different thoughts that I had highlighted in my reading until I came to this one.  Something about it clicked and here I am writing.

I didn’t get married until I was 27.  There were a bunch of no’s both from me and from them until I came to the right one that was a yes from me and from her.  Margaret and I will celebrate 38 years together in November.  I’m glad I didn’t settle and I kept at it until I got the right yes.

Some of you are settling with the no’s in your life.  No’s can really be discouraging but they don’t have to be the end.  Keep at it, keep searching, keep asking, keep refining, keep digging, keep believing, keep reevaluating.  

I have determined to not let the no’s in life control me and keep me from the yes.  I have striven to learn the lesson to be learned from the no’s and to use them as steps to get to the yes.  Jesus didn’t let the no’s around Him keep Him from fulfilling His purpose.   He took the greatest no, death and turned it into the greatest yes, His resurrection.  He used the no’s for the fulfillment of His yes.

So don’t let the no’s in your life stop you.  Let them be the steps to getting to the yes.

So are you letting your no’s keep you from your yes?


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