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"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul."
—Yiddish Proverb.

"Man's greatest actions are performed in minor struggles.  Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes - obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes."
—Victor Hugo.

"Every choice before you represents the universe inviting you to remember who you are and what you want."
—Alan Cohen.

"Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do."
—Eric Hoffer.

"A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner."
—English proverb.


I Reject Your Rejection! .

Recently I came across a great "little" book called Lucky or SmartIt is the autobiographical outline of how Bo Peabody built Tripod and sold it to Lycos for $US60 million before the Internet bubble burst. He was paid in Lycos shares, and he sold half his Lycos holdings, before the market crashed, for $US300 million. I think you get the idea of the title - was he SMART or LUCKY.

Peabody claims he as both. Smart enough to know when to start something, and when to get out. Also, he was clever enough to know as a B student he could build his future with A students who were gifted but not adventurous. Peabody talks about how "no" is the starting point for all good ideas.

Here is a brief extract of how we got into Williams College, even though as a B student he didn't qualify - at first. He eventually partnered with a Professor at Williams to start Tripod. So, in Bo's words, here's what happened when he heard "no".

"The first time I realised I loved the word "no" was when I applied for college. I was determined to attend Williams College, one of the world's most selective institutions of higher learning. One in every five people who apply to Williams gets in. which is one of every hundred who seriously think about applying and one of every thousand who ask their school guidance counsellor if they should apply. I didn't have a prayer of getting accepted. I was, after all, a B-student.

Sure enough, I got the thin envelope: the one with no information about when the school starts, or what dorm you're in, or who your roommate will be. Instead, it just contains that nicely worded letter, the one that when you cut through all the flowery language simply says "no."

I needed a plan. The customer had said "no," and the sales process was just beginning. Figuring that the admissions committee of this elite school had probably seen and heard just about everything, I decided to take a bold, direct, and unorthodox approach. I got the telephone number of the assistant director of admissions, a man called Cornelius (Corny) Raiford. I called up Corny and told him:

"Hi, my name is Bo Peabody, and I reject your rejection."

There was a long silence. "Excuse me?" he said.

"I want to go to Williams College," I continued. "And with all due respect, I think the admissions committee has made a mistake. And I'd like to work with you to correct it. I am formally rejecting your rejection. I'm coming to Williams. Not next year perhaps, but at some point. I'm in no rush. I have al the time in the world, and I plan to send application in to Williams every year until I'm accepted."

There was another long silence.

Corny cleared his throat, and said, "I appreciate your desire to attend Williams. I'm not sure I've ever received a call like this, so let's see what we can do."

Most people would simply accept the rejection.

Don't ...Ever.

When you hear "no" it is the time to really start fighting.   ###

Calling Card

Keichu, the great Zen teacher of the Meiji era, was the head of Tofuku, a cathedral in Kyoto. One day the governor of Kyoto called upon him for the first time.

His attendant presented the card of the governor, which read: Kitagaki, Governor of Kyoto.

"I have no business with such a fellow," said Keichu to his attendant. "Tell him to get out of here." The attendant carried the card back with apologies. "That was my error," said the governor, and with a pencil he scratched out the words Governor of Kyoto. "Ask your teacher again."

"Oh, is that Kitagaki?" exclaimed the teacher when he saw the card. "I want to see that fellow."

Mindy Audlin
Who Is Mindy Audlin?
Mindy Audlin is an author, spiritual teacher, and founder of the “What If” Up! Club, helping expand mass consciousness through the applied power of imagination. She is the visionary behind Unity FM, a twenty-four-hour online spiritual broadcasting network, where she interviews world-renowned spiritual trailblazers as the host of her weekly talk show, The Leading Edge.

Five of Mindy’s favorite books:
The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Zero Limits, Joe Vitale
Discover the Power Within You, Eric Butterworth
The Path, Laurie Beth Jones

Insight by Mindy Audlin
We are the chosen ones. We are blessed with the opportunity to midwife the birth of a new humanity. Together, we bring forth a world where the atrocities of war are footnotes in the history books of our childrenTogether, we engage in a technological revolution where compassion, appreciation, and interpersonal connections manifest in high speed and high definition! Together, we transcend the comfort of our feathered nests and take flight into a future of sustainability and abundanceThe time is now. May all God’s children, in glorious harmony, sing together the sacred anthem of unity
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