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Friday, October 12, 2012

Wallace Stevens quotes on what the world depends on




“After the final no there comes a yes.  It is on that yes that the future of the world depends.” Wallace Stevens 

Getting beyond the final no is what drives successful endeavors. Whether it is a negotiation, invention, sale or marriage proposal.

The word or indications of no can only mean your approach was not a match for the outcome. You either asked the wrong way, which means there is another way to ask, or your approach was missing something. You will have to intelligently pursue until your request matches what the other parties need to hear. If it is a process, you may have to
invent new processes until what you set out to do is complete.

In either case, hearing no can often be the greatest lesson. There is much to learn from the word no or a failed process.

While learning what does not work is valuable, it more importantly requires an entirely new level of commitment to invent new ways of thinking. The consequence of new thinking can encourage new ways getting things done. This in itself has tremendous value. The value is the possibility of expanded skills and competencies as well as your view of the world. 

In addition, the word no can only serve as the catalyst to discover things about yourself that you would not ordinarily know. It empowers you to become someone you have never been. Even though many may view the word no as negative, it in fact, is the distinction between champions and those who settle.

When you know what you want and have focus, the word no is an unspoken request to invent something new or become someone you have never been. Without question, the world depends on those who have the perseverance to walk through the final no until they discover yes.

How will you use the word no to reveal the champion in you?  

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      I only wonder if some of his competitors were inhibited by their education. They had been indoctrinated about the facts of what could and could not be done. Edison, on the other hand, was curious and patient. By the way, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie and Kirk Kerkorian were not educated either, and don’t forget Steve Jobs. Yet, they excelled.

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