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Thoughts for Success: When Someone Says No, It’s Up to You to Claim Yes to Who You Really Are

If you’re like me, No is not a favorite word, unless you’re the one saying it (ask any two-year-old). When someone says No, it’s up to you to claim Yes to who you really are.

Thoughts for Success: When Someone Says No, It’s Up to You to Claim Yes to Who You Really Are

No one else defines you – not attorneys, colleagues or family members. Only you define who you are. Years ago, an attorney told me that I was too expensive when I quoted my fee of $250/hr. I didn’t respond – my first response to a ridiculous notion is always silence. I know what I’m worth, I know who I am and I know what I have to offer. So we just sat there. After what felt like an interminable period, but was in fact mere seconds, the attorney mumbled something unintelligible and proceeded to hire me for the case.

Midway through the case the attorney called and exclaimed, “Vickie, I take back what I said about you being expensive. You’re worth every penny and more.” I take no credit for that praise because one of my CLNC® subcontractors worked up the case. But, the story could have ended differently.

The attorney could have said No just as easily as he said Yes to me, and I could have left his office with the No ringing in my ears. What comes next when an attorney says No is entirely dependent on you – you can move on to the next in line of the other 1,800,000 plus attorneys, you can give up in despair or you can realize that No is just No for now – not forever and circle back around later.

No and Yes are mere words for some people. When someone says No, remember who and what you are. Then step forward and claim Yes for you and move on. In the grand scheme of things, No doesn’t really matter unless you let it.

Success Is Yours!

P.S. Comment and share how you turn No into Yes in your legal nurse consulting business and RN job at the hospital.

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