Get Used To Getting Turned Down?

The Seats Are Empty Now, But...
The Seats Are Empty Now, But...

Ever heard this one? You can not be a prophet in your hometown.

Or this one? Most breakthroughs come from ordinary people whom everyone else thought was crazy or off-center.

And the kicker? They never gave up, and that’s why they’re successful.

Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup For The Soul co-authors, got turned down by 144 publishers.

Ready to give up? Already given up?

Fighting a hard battle for what you believe in?

Get used to getting turned down.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. When I go out to gather sponsorship or donations for our school or parish events I tell the businesses I approach, “If your answer is no, that’s fine. It’s ok. I have heard no before, and I can accept it (with a smile).” In the end I am very successful at every campaign I wage.

    BUT when I was looking for a publisher for my book, I collected maybe 20 rejections before I decided to self publish.

    Thank you for all the wonderful advice and insights that you put up on your blogs.

  2. Patty, you’re welcome. And thank you for your insights and stories as well. As these blogs evolve, more people will find time (and courage perhaps) to chime in and be part of the “social” network.

    When I asked Tiger Woods (pre-scandal) for 30-minutes of his time for a cup of coffee (my treat), I told him I wasn’t afraid of no. Tiger said, “Give me your number”.

    Not being afraid is one of the best examples we can give others. Not reckless, stupidity, but honest courage to make a difference.

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