How To Thrive Amid Opposition. “Lessons from the day I walked to work”

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How to thrive amid opposition is all you need to discover this year. Many people fall to their knees when someone disagrees with their idea. Others let go of good ideas just because someone somewhere said NO to them.

Thriving amid opposition is based on research and particular pieces of evidence that tell stories of men and women who have managed to succeed in business and career even after they were told, “No, it was impossible.”

These are the people who refused to accept the opinion of others and instead focused on possibilities.

They refused to let go of their dreams and stayed focused on becoming better by learning something from their own mistakes and the mistakes of others. 

They saw opportunities where others saw adversity. 

They decided to push on and never give up because they understood that adversity or delay is just for a moment.

They said yes when everybody else said no. They discovered how to thrive amid opposition.

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How do you say yes to an idea that almost everybody around you has opposed? What people see in you must not matter to you; what matters is what you can see.

What do the successful men and women see that the rest of us cannot see?

They also learned not to take it personally whenever they receive NO as an answer.

A NO is where success in your personal life, financial life, social life, emotional life, and spiritual life begins.

Learn not to take things personally and receive NO as an answer without letting your emotions control you.

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The Secret.

The Wright brothers, American inventors, and pioneers of aviation were put to the test; nobody believed in them.

Nobody believed that metal could fly in the air one day, but the Wright brothers Orville and Wilbur believed in their idea, and they worked until it became a reality.

Their secret goes way back to 1903, when the two brothers built their first powered-controlled airplane. Two years later, they built and flew the first fully functional airplane.

We can only imagine how many times they met with setbacks. 

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Thomas A. Edison was asked by a reporter, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” “Great success is built on failure and frustration.”

The Wright brothers could not have done it without opposition. If you are the kind of person who is always looking for a YES, then be ready to get disappointed.

You must learn to receive a No as an answer, and by the way, a NO does not necessarily mean it can’t be done. It only means that the person saying NO does not believe in you.

“What does not kill you will make you stronger.” 


I love the story of the Wright Brothers because it teaches us the power of self-belief, desire, and determination. 

That, someone, said it could not be done, or it is impossible to have a system that can automatically readjust a radio frequency to the same one you were listening to whenever you change your location.

Let’s say you are traveling from Nairobi to Kisumu, you get to Nakuru, and you realize that you can no longer enjoy Classic FM because the frequency has changed. You will need to search for Classic FM manually.

Can’t it automatically reset to the same station but on a different frequency as you drive across towns and cities?

Believe in yourself and stick to your goal, you are free to change your plan along the way, but you must remain focused on the destination.

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And remember, not everyone will support your idea; some people were positioned to say NO, to make you better.

In one of his most outstanding books, “Think and Grow Rich,” Napoleon Hill shared the story of Edwin C. Barnes titled, “The man who thought his way into a partnership with Thomas A. Edison.”

He wrote, “Two difficulties stood in the way of Mr. Barnes. First, he did not know Thomas Edison, and secondly, he did not have enough money to pay for his rail fare to New Jersey to meet with Thomas Edison. These difficulties posed a serious setback and could have discouraged anybody.” 

But not Barnes; he was determined to get into business with Thomas A. Edison.

There were enough reasons and setbacks in the world that could have stopped Mr. Barnes from achieving his heart desire. 

Edwin Barnes went to New Jersey on a freight train to cut a long story short.

One of the greatest characteristics of Edwin C. Barnes’ was his definite desire to work with Edison, not for him.

Thomas Edison.

The story of Mr. Barnes teaches us that nothing can stop a man or a woman who is willing and ready to pay the price and has discovered how to thrive amid opposition.

Ask yourself this question. What makes Edwin Barnes different from you? He had brains just like you do. 

Barnes had a burning desire and a determination; he became unstoppable. 

A burning desire is one way on how to thrive amid opposition.

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