I was walking through an empty parking lot outside the Starbucks the other day and saw the following:
Someone pulled into the lot, got out of his car, and walked up to the front door.
It was dark inside, nobody there.
He tried the front door and found it locked. He looked inside again and then he tried the door one more time before he turned around and walked away.
I thought: This guy is stubborn, because he tried the door a second time and nothing had changed since the first time he tried.
But after I thought about it, I really had to admire his determination. He was determined to try again and see if he would get a different result, even though the circumstances were exactly the same. For this guy, “no” meant “maybe.”
It made me realize that in life, sometimes the greatest achievements occur because someone refuses to take no for an answer and they keep trying.
They keep trying different ways to achieve something that’s very important to them.
I am not suggesting that if you try an actual door that’s locked, that you try it one more time.
I am suggesting, though, that if you find there are doors in life that are difficult to get through, that your persistence, your determination, your refusal to take no for an answer may have a very successful result.