I was told no. I said that’s fine.

I think one of the best things in life is being told no. Being told you can’t do something or you aren’t allowed in is like being told you don’t have what it takes. For me, that’s jet fuel. That is what excites me…the thought that I know I will do whatever it takes to be successful and I will come out on top no matter what and this person doesn’t have the foresight to see that. It is the most exhilarating feeling being told no and then telling yourself yes. You have control. No one can decide your fate and it’s laughable that someone thinks they can control your end goal. They might be a slight bump or obstacle, but damn if I’m not gonna do whatever I have to do to slam through like they weren’t even there. They might be someone your respected or loved, but they aren’t you, and you have to respect and love yourself and value your respect and love for yourself more than anyone else. Only you know you.

Kintsugi: the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

Never disguise who we are. Let others say no while you accept their response and remain silent. At the end of the day, that silence will be deafening for them when they see where you end up in life.

At the end of the day, we are all born into this world the same way and leave this world the same way. How you impact this world with what you have been given is up to you. Get up and do or keep being told no. You make the decision to be you every day. So, who are you and what are you going to do to be you right now? Continue to think differently.


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