During an amazing conversation with a friend recently, I recalled the story of one step in the initial start of my career in television. I was a temporary assistant at Spike TV and assumed I was a prime candidate for the job when it became permanent months later. I always went the extra mile. People seemed to like me. I even saved the department from spending $60,000 in fulfilling a prize for a show by uncovering a hidden clause in a sponsorship agreement.
I did not get the job.
I was told they had found someone more qualified than me. It was my fresh out of college intern.
For the first time, I felt I was at a company that I belonged to, I was doing work that I loved and I was surrounded by creativity. An amazing soul, an SVP told me that it was their loss and that I was in fact overqualified for the job that I so desperately wanted.
A week or so later, I got a call from my temp agency about a job at MTV. It was a long term temp assistant position. I interviewed Tuesday, started Thursday and less than a year later I was promoted to a Producer position.
That NO was my N.ext O.pportunity.
As children, we are taught that the word NO is a bad thing. A NO can save our lives or catapult us to places where we truly belong. Embrace the power of NO. Say NO. And get ready for each N.ew O.pportunity that awaits you.
Tag someone who needs to be encouraged to never give up!