We went on a camping trip with a bunch of friends last weekend including all of our kids. Among us where 5 teenagers around 15 and 16 years old - very tough crowd! My 7 year old son wanted to play a game of ‘hide-and-seek-tag’ and approached the youths who had gathered around the fire pit, bored out of their minds, to entice them of joining him to play.
Standing in front of the first boy he asked:” Cam, do you want to play a game of h-a-s-t?” With the reply of ‘no thanks’ from Cam. So my son moved on to the next boy, standing in front of him, he again posed the question. He got another straight ‘No’. Moving on to the third guy, my son asked again:” Do you fancy playing a game of h-a-s-t?”
And yes, you guessed right. He had the next ‘No, not now.” answer. Anyone in their right mind would have given up by now, but my son was relentless:” Hey Jordie, lets play a game of h-a-s-t!” Unfortunately Jordie did not want to play, either. So with only Mitch to go, he went and stood in front of him and pleased:” Come on, Mitch. Are you up for playing h-a-s-t?” and there....finally! Mitch replied:” OK, but only if the others will play!”
So my little guy started from the beginning:” Hey, Cam! Do you want to play, Mitch will, if you do?” And so Cam was on board. Then the others were also persuaded one by one, until all of them joined in!
I watched this little scene unfold and could not help but smile to myself. What a great result. First none, then all! What I really loved was the fact that my son was undeterred by the ‘no’s’ he got, never dropping his enthusiastic, unshakable belief that if only he asked often enough, he would finally get a ‘yes’. Focussing on getting to the answer he wanted, rather than worrying about the ones he received!
To me this is the best parable to bring into our working world! Keep on searching for the ‘yes’s’ because you know, they are out there. You just have to stay positive, committed and believing enough to find them.
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