I’ve seen people give up on their dream job because they didn’t get the first role that they applied for in that area.

I’ve seen people give up on a business idea because someone they respected said that it couldn’t be done.

I’ve seen people give up finding a church because the first one they went to didn’t feel right.

I’ve seen lots of people give up on losing weight because they dieted for a few days before reverting back to old habits.

And then I’ve seen others who been told no on multiple occasions but refused to give up.

Tony Robbins was rejected by 12 banks before finally getting the $1,200 personal loan that he needed to attend his first Jim Rohn seminar and going on to follow in his mentor’s footsteps, enabling him to inspire and motivate millions of people.

Tim Ferris’ manuscript for “The Four Hour Work Week” was rejected by 26 publishers before finding world-wide fame.

Dr. Seuss had his first manuscript was rejected by 27 publishers before eventually selling over 600,000,000 books.

Paolo Coelho’s now famous book, “The Alchemist” was dropped by the initial publisher after the first run sold just 900 copies.  It has gone on to sell over 75,000,000 copies and is the longest running book on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

J.K. Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before becoming the first author to make a billion dollars from her famous Harry Potter series.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin both failed the same audition before collaborating together on 30 best-selling albums.

Colonel Sanders was rejected hundreds of times before finally launching Kentucky Fried Chicken and making his fortune in his 70’s.

Even Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team at one stage, but it didn’t stop him from becoming one of the most iconic athletes of all time.

The common denominator with all of these success stories is that no matter how many times they heard the word no or felt as though things weren’t working, they persisted.  Despite all of the rejections, they never gave up on their dreams and kept on pushing until they finally got the breakthrough that they were after.

I’m not interested in how many times you’ve been told “no”.

I’m more interested in whether or not you’re going to let it stop you from reaching your dreams.

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