Dreams will be dismissed before they even begin when faced with the prospect of rejection.
One "no," can lead to a lifetime of what could have been's.
Great love story's, amazing inventions, and much more remains unrealized because the prospect of potential rejection becomes to much to face.
Every day I am blessed to be able to speak with people from all over the world. So many of these amazing people are living a life that is less than what they desire because they fear the potential of rejection.
Recently I came across a TED talk where the speaker made it his mission to tackle rejection head on. Having lived much of his early life "safely," to avoid being rejected, he decided to make a challenge ( it reminded me very much of my own 1 Year 1000 Challenge) to basically seek out rejection for 100 days straight.
The video is about 16 minutes long, it is funny, it is insightful, it is inspiring, and it is well worth the investment of time to watch it.
As a side note - the story about the doughnut shop he mentions in here, I remember hearing that story when it first happened. Perhaps you did too?
What did you think his talk? Are you willing to risk the potential of a "no," so that you can get a yes to living the life you want?