Michael’s Rules: No. 16

I’ve been really lucky to have the love and support of a lot of wonderful people throughout my life. Along the way, they’ve given me some pretty great advice which I now consider my own personal rules for living—words of wisdom that have helped me navigate my career and my life and that I would like to pass along to you, too.

I’ve emphasized throughout the book how essential it is to be prepared (try being underprepared when you’re facing a three-hundred-pound opponent), but even that’s not enough. You have to have the confidence to go for it. Sometimes even when we’re prepared—we’ve done all the work, we’ve got the skills to pay the bills—we’re stillafraid to go for our dreams. 

Don’t underestimate the power of nurturing a dream—especially if it’s something that you’ve been building toward your whole life. Nobody wants to invest in, hire, or help someone who says, “I had a dream but I let it die years ago.” People want someone who’s done the research, done the world, and is ready to go to the next level. We hear “no” so often that we think that rejection is the mode that most of the world is in. But the truth is, there are a lot of people and companies out there who want to say “yes.” Saying “yes” creates possibility for everyone involved. And it feels good. It feels good to the person saying it and it feels good to the person hearing it. Everyone wants to be in the “yes” business. You can read more about how I say “yes” in my book, Wake Up Happy.