I sat in the car and tried to hold back the tears.
Despite all my efforts I couldn’t stop the drops of salty water coming out of my eyes. I cried through the entire ten minutes drive back home.
It was a beautiful day three years ago – the first year of my business.As I explained my request to him (a former fashion photographer who owns two studios in Dubai), I felt that he was resisting and within three minutes of our meeting he said no. No, his name is well known and I’m just a new-bee. No, because I’m not at the standard of his studio. No, his studio is too busy. No, his female-team won’t print my albums…
I called my best friend/cousin. She listened patiently and then said “….since when did such things started to bother you?!? As far as I know you, you are a rebel. Use the rejection as motivation to rise higher. Don’t see yourself through his eyes.” That night, I cried even more….
Why do I share this story?
Because today when I was going through my fully booked calendar for the next four months, I said screamed YES!
After every wedding, before I doze off, I ask myself if I did everything in my power to ensure today was the best day for my client, I usually end up with a YES!
Every time I receive a #Lo0oveLetter from a bride/couple after the wedding or album delivery, I say YES!
Every time my standard of work is praised or compared to some of the top wedding photographers in UAE, I say YES!
When someone meets me for the first time but tells me that they know who I am & what I do, I say YES!
I see YES for all the reasons he told me No for…and Yes for much more!
So, next time someone tells you no, see the YES in it. Don’t look at yourself from someone else’s eyes. They are seeing you with their perspective and defining you based on their limitations. Not yours!