Why You Should Trust Yourself When Others Tell You No

When the world says you are not good enough, get a second opinion.


How many times in your life have you been told “no”? No, you can’t wear that to school. No, I don’t think you’re pretty enough. No, you’re not good enough. No, you’re not talented enough.


When we are told no, whether about our beauty, our dreams, our hopes, or our desires, we begin to lose faith in ourselves. Many times we trust others opinions more than our own. We trust the CEO of a fortune 500 company when he tells us we don’t deserve that raise. We trust the casting director for a feature film when they tell us we are not talented enough to book the part. We trust the media when they tell us we are not thin or pretty enough to be in the magazines.


But let me ask you this. Why are we trusting perfectly good strangers before we trust ourselves, the person we know so well? Why do we allow others to tell us what type of life we are going to live?


So again… when someone tells you no, get a second opinion.


Meryl Streep

Photo Credit: Meryl L. Streep/ Facebook

Yesterday, Meryl Streep shared a photo (above) of herself from 1975, when she was on her way home from an audition for King Kong. The audition didn’t go as well as we would imagine. Meryl Streep was told she was too “ugly” for the part. “This was a pivotal moment for me,” she writes. “This one rogue opinion could derail my dreams of becoming an actress or force me to pull myself up by the boot straps and believe in myself.”


Meryl Streep had the perfect response. She took a deep breath and said, “I’m sorry you think I’m too ugly for your film but you’re just one opinion in a sea of thousands and I’m off to find a kinder tide.”


Today Meryl Streep has received 19 Academy Awards.


BOOM. See what happens when you trust yourself and you don’t allow others to tell you what you can and cannot do in your life! The next time someone tells you ‘no’, remember this story and remember they are just ONE opinion in a world of thousands!


Keep going after what you want in your life. Only you have the power to tell yourself no.


Keep doing you,


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