NOte To Self:

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During an amazing conversation with a friend recently, I recalled the story of one step in the initial start of my career in television. I was a temporary assistant at Spike TV and assumed I was a prime candidate for the job when it became permanent months later. I always went the extra mile. People seemed to like me. I even saved the department from spending $60,000 in fulfilling a prize for a show by uncovering a hidden clause in a sponsorship agreement.

I did not get the job.

I was told they had found someone more qualified than me. It was my fresh out of college intern.

I cried.

For the first time, I felt I was at a company that I belonged to, I was doing work that I loved and I was surrounded by creativity. An amazing soul, an SVP told me that it was their loss and that I was in fact overqualified for the job that I so desperately wanted.

A week or so later, I got a call from my temp agency about a job at MTV. It was a long term temp assistant position. I interviewed Tuesday, started Thursday and less than a year later I was promoted to a Producer position.

That NO was my N.ext O.pportunity.

As children, we are taught that the word NO is a bad thing. A NO can save our lives or catapult us to places where we truly belong. Embrace the power of NO. Say NO. And get ready for each N.ew O.pportunity that awaits you.

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