I recently listened to a guy tell the story of how he landed a difficult-to-obtain job. He wielded unconventional tactics that included cold emailing his soon-to-be boss. Now he has a coveted job he’d been trying to get for years. When I asked why he took such bold steps, he said he had nothing to lose. Hearing “no” was the worst that could happen.
I love his perspective and perseverance. He knew what he wanted and went after it. He didn’t let rejection stop him.
Talking to him was a good reminder that if I want something in life, I should go after it. I may not get it on the first try, but if I keep at it, my chances of success will go up.
Wayne Gretzky said it best: “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”