Would you be willing to accept a “no” if each time you received one… 7,500 others said “yes”. I’ll bet with such statistics you would be stubborn. The problem is sometimes the “nos” come first in batches and the “yeses” take awhile…. which means we have to be stubborn.
Our friend, Terry Aris, trains and sells mules globally.
Being as stubborn as a mule usually works when it comes to getting the job done. My grandpa on mom’s side of the family was from Neosho Missouri… the “Show-Me-State”. Missourians are historically known as stubborn and independent people… hence the phrase “stubborn as a Missouri Mule” Perhaps I inherited my stubbornness there. Or if you are into Vedic astrology, my moon sign is Taurus… the Bull. That’s a stubborn sign. Imagine that big lazy bull… stubborn when he darned well doesn’t want to move.
On the subject of mules and being stubborn, my sister sent me this stubborn story. It’s a donkey story… not a mule… but close enough.
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
MORAL : Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happen.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.
That’s a good story but misses one more key element to beings stubborn… “Do what you love”. It’s easier to be stubborn when the process is fulfilling and fun.
Here is a stubborn self publishing story that shows how to gain stubbornness and amazing success from being dedicated to what you love.
Author Scott Nicholson has had great success selling books on Amazon.com and was given a two book contract by Amazon’s subsidiary. This is despite the fact that he is nearing 800 rejections slips.
This all came because Scott had stubbornness created by his passion to write. Here is a quote from an interview by Scott Nicholson as he shares why the key to writing success is… to… never… ever… quit doing what you love.
“I am nearing 800 rejections slips but calculated that I have sold about 7,500 books for each rejection.”
That’s amazing success!
Do the math and then see a two minute 22 second video of author Scott Nicholson telling how he stubbornly overcame hundreds of rejections. Click here
Overnight success is a rare thing. Most successes require dedication, persistence, tenacity and when everything seems bleakest… plain ornery stubbornness. Next time someone tells you you are stubborn. Thank them. Next time someone tells you no… move on and look for the 7,5000 who will say yes.
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