You’re too fat. You’re too small. You’re not talented enough. You’re not attractive enough. You don’t have the right training. You didn’t go to college. The competition is too steep. The market is crowded. You’re a female. You’re a male. People wouldn’t believe you. People don’t like you. You’re a screw up. You’ve made too many mistakes. Your past is too tainted. You’re not socially acceptable. There’s somebody more qualified. It’s impossible. You’re too young. You’re too old. You’re an immigrant. You don’t have the funds. It’s never been done before. You’re not worth it. We know who you are. Just stay in your lane. You don’t know what you’re doing. I don’t need you. I don’t love you. There’s too much at stake. We’ve done all we can do. You just can’t.
This is the kind of world we live in, it’s in the business of no. Each day we are faced with no, be it professionally, financially, spiritually, personally. Yet somewhere on the inside there is a resounding YES… you hear it, you feel it, it calls to you day in and day out, yet the world around you resists you, your ambition, your dream. No. That’s the nature of the world. The nature, however, set inside of us all is to change the world, push the boundaries, redefine the terms, move mountains. YES is how we’ve historically progressed, discovered new frontiers, overcome obstacles, inspired one another, and, with that same spirit and momentum, YES is how we’ll continue and do even greater things.
So go prove them wrong.