Yesterday Tom and I took the kids on a day trip to Lopez Island. We had a killer brunch in Anacortes at Dad's Diner and took the afternoon Ferry for our 3 hour Kayak tour (got a sweet Groupon deal).
We packed the sunscreen, the bathing suites, the extra clothes and cooler full of necessities. Since our ice machine isn't working we needed to stop on the way. After brunch we were running a bit late so we just hustled over to the ferry dock which is where I realized that we had forgotten the ice.
This is important because 1. I like my beer and 2. I like my beer cold.... this problem needed to be solved pronto!
So, we are sitting in a packed ferry line surveying our options and suddenly the skies opened and rays of light illuminated the sign above the Ferry Terminal 'Mini Market'...(slight exaggeration).
We march over to get a bag of ice.... time is of the essence, at this point as my beer is only getting warmer and warmer.
Tom walks up to the Mini Market attendant and orders. She promptly tells him that bags of ice are not available....they are just NOT sold there. WHAT?!?!
I turn to walk away and sulk... what am I going to do now?!?!
Tom is persistent. He asks if she could make a bag for us...could she improvise and make something happen? She thinks for a minute and says, 'Yeah, I bet I could make something work'.
He didn't take NO for an answer and got the bag of ice and I get a cold beer!!!
So, what does all this mean?
It means, don't take NO for an answer!
What do you usually do when you are told NO?
Do you quickly back down and walk away?
Do you give up super easily like I was going to?
Do you even APPOLOGIZE for asking for what you want in the first place?
...or do you push on, ask again and find another way?
I learned that if you REALLY REALLY want something you can find a way.... even if you are told NO at first.
I challenge you to PUSH ON.
If there is a WILL there is a WAY.
Go after what you want.
Get it Girl!!!
P.S. I would love to hear your stories of persistence. When have you not taken NO for an answer and gotten what you wanted?