“You didn’t get the job.”
“We’re not interested in your proposal.”
A grade of D (or in some circles anything less than an A) on a test.
“It’s not you, it’s me…”
A loss in a sporting match.
And sometimes the “no” comes in the form of no feedback at all: a company that never responds after your interview, a blog post that receives no comments, a phone call never returned.
If we judged ourselves only by the times that we heard a “no” we’d all be colossal failures.
But it only takes one job offer, one proposal to be accepted, one completion of a goal, for you to move forward.
It only takes one “yes” to be a success.
The poet Wallace Stevens wrote in his poem The Well Dressed Man With a Beard:
After the final no there comes a yes, and on that yes the future world depends.