By LORAL LANGEMEIER (Via LiveOutLoud) — You HAVE to say no.
I’m known around the world for my unshakeable determination to say “YES!” and figure out how. There’ve been countless times in my life where I said yes to the situation, took on the challenge and came out 100 times better for it.
There is no situation where I don’t see a way to say yes, and then get crazy resourceful enough to make it happen.
But trust me when I say that perhaps the most important moment of my life was when I said “No.”
I HAD to say no.
Leaving my W-2 job in my mid-20’s was scary.
Seriously – leaving Chevron to start something of my own was unbelievably frightening.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you know the feeling. Your family, your friends, your loved ones – everyone’s trying to persuade you to not do it. Everyone is trying to justify why you’re crazy, why you’ll never make it, and why you’re out of your league.
You have a lot more enemies than friends when you’re on the cusp of becoming a full-fledged entrepreneur.
Pair this with the fact that leaving a consistent paycheck and the comfortability of working for someone else is just about the scariest thing you can do in your professional career, and I felt defeated even before I had started.
Everyone in my world was telling me to get a clue and go back to my “safe” job.
It became so much harder to ignore these doubters when times got tough and I questioned whether this was the right move for me.
I was lost.
Everyone who meant something to me was telling me to give it up and go back to my job.
But I said “no.”
I HAD to say no.
I said no to going back to my comfort zone.
I said no to familiarity.
I said no to mediocrity.
I said no to living my life for someone else.
I said no to being less than I was destined to me.
Only when I said no was I truly able to say yes to the life of opportunities, abundance and prosperity that was destined for me.
The wealth, the fame, the celebrity, the experiences, the joy – all of that only came after I said no to leading a life that I knew was not meant for me.
So…don’t settle. Say no to being less than who you truly are.
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