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Don’t Take No for an Answer

WEEK 4 – JUNE 2006


How many times have you given up when someone has said no or dismissed one of your great ideas? Giving up is the easy option. Those that persevere in spite of the rejections, the disappointments, the obstacles and so forth, are the real winners. Here are just a few examples.

When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, President Rutherford Hayes said “That’s an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one.”

Beethoven handled his violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher called him hopeless as a composer.

When turning down a British rock group called “The Beatles”, an executive of Decca Recording Company said, “We don’t like your sound. Guitar groups are on their way out.”

The greatest motivation for Lee Iaccoca to make Chrysler a strong, profitable company was because he had been fired by Henry Ford and was determined to show Ford how big a mistake Ford had made.


Colonel Sanders didn’t fulfil his dream until he was 65 years old. He was refused 1009 times before he sold his special chicken recipe to a restaurant. He spent two years persevering and overcoming failure because he believed in his idea.

Cherish your visions and your dreams and don’t let anyone ever hold you back. They will come true if you have the courage to pursue them

Good luck and I wish you quintessential success.

Ann Quinn, Ph.D
Peak Performance Specialist

Quintessential Coach, Trainer, Speaker & Author

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