“When it comes to your dreams, no is not an answer”

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

There are many reasons people are successful in life. In her book, Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis attributes her success to the following:

You want to know what it is? Why I believe I’m the one writing this book right now when people who’ve tried to do exactly the same things I have haven’t succeeded? 

It’s simple, actually.

It’s not about talent, skill, money, or connections.

It’s because when they went after their dreams and came up against a roadblock, when they experienced rejection, or when someone or something told them no…they listened.

I am successful because I refused to take no for an answer. I am successful because I have never once believed my dreams were someone else’s to manage. That’s the incredible part about your dreams: nobody gets to tell you how big they can be.

When it comes to your dreams, no is not an answer. The word no is not a reason to stop. Instead, think of it as a detour or a yield sign. No means merge with caution. No reminds you to slow down – to re-evaluate where you are and to judge how the new position you’re in can better prepare you for your destination.

In other words, if you can’t get through the front door, try the side window. If the window is locked, maybe you slide down the chimney. No doesn’t mean that you stop; it simply means that you change course in order to make it to your destination (58-59)

Discussion: Write down a list of 10 dreams you have for your life. Choose 1 and commit to accomplishing it no matter what stands in your way.

Remember:

Your dream is worth fighting for, and while you’re not in control of what life throws at you, you are in control of the fight (Hollis 68).

Author: Mini Gems for Kids

I live in Santa Barbara California with my husband and 3 kids. Reading is a favorite past-time and lifeline in my life. I feel giddy with excitement when I find valuable wisdom and inspiration in books. This is my space to share these life-changing lessons in bite-sized format for my kids. I believe with the right information, they can train their brains to think about life’s experiences in productive, positive and powerful ways.

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