For those who haven’t seen Doctor Strange yet, it’s a worth a watch. I wasn’t wild about everything in the script (the dialogue they gave Benedict Cumberbatch could have used some tweaking) but one of the major themes that I really appreciated was that of persistence.
The only allusion to persistence seen in the trailer is what happens to Strange’s hands, but without giving away a bunch of spoilers, I can attest that a lot of the movie, especially the final scenes, are an ode to the necessities of persistence–and how it can pay off. Especially when the word NO feels like this:
There’s a quote I heard recently, one that I’ll paraphrase the best I can. Instead of seeing rejections as negative roadblocks, think of them as necessary hurdles of no’s before you get to the finish line of yes.
And be prepared. Even after the finish line, the yes might not come. Maybe it’s because the yes is found down a different path. Or the yes might be revealed in a form you didn’t expect.
Regardless, you’re more likely to get a yes if you can convince whoever is telling you no that a yes is more worth their while. Because regardless of what society teaches us, rejection has more to do with the rejector than it does with the rejectee. And just because it’s not within your control doesn’t mean it’s a reflection on you. If anything, it’s the opposite:
So keep persisting. And if you need a bit of motivation, Doctor Strange can help.