The Shocking meaning of the word “NO” This will change your life!

This morning, after firing my boss, I’m home having some fun with kids. I just checked my affiliates accounts and there is some awesome earnings to take care of the bills.

My blog has been booked for some paid content next month. I’m bracing up and getting my fingers ready for more blog hopping awesomeness.

I’m also working on a promotion strategy for my new platform, BlogExpose. If you ain’t signed up yet, check it out now.

One of my great friends, Chioma just got me seduced again. I was checking out her blog and found this article about the creation of the popular mobile app called WhatSapp

Well, this is a story I knew in the past but Chioma used it again to remind me of another exciting story.

A few weeks ago, I posted this article how I turned rejection into $234 cash earnings. This earnings has increased again and I’m getting more excited about it.

Brian Action, the creator of Whatsapp was rejected by Facebook and that rejection made him the hero of Mobile phone chat.

Brian called this rejection a “great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people


Brian took the challenge and turned the NO into something else. What’s the real meaning of NO?

NO! What does it really mean to you?

I will tell you what NO means in a moment. Check out this story first!

This guy went to apply for a job opportunity in a local distributions company here in Douala. After the interviews and tests, the recruiting agency called him and clearly told himΒ they were not going to take him.

Mike thought he really deserved the job so he tried to ask questions in a bit to negotiate for a reconsideration. The final words he got from his interviewer was a fat NO

Mike, evidently felt so bad and left the premises. He thought he was rejected.

As a matter of fact, Mike was wrong. He did not really understand the meaning of NO. He took it for the opposite of YES.

But what is really the meaning of NO?

meaning of no

While Mike stopped by a cousin’s office to pour out his sorrows, he was chanced to shake hands with the CEO of a communications company which was in need of a Country Director as this company was fast expanding to other countries in the region.

Guess what!

Mike got a lucrative job as a Country Director and moved with his young family.

That was amazing…

Here is the real meaning of the word NO ->

Next Opportunity

There is always a next opportunity and for the most part, the next is better. Mike was over-qualified for the post he applied for. The authorities didn’t really think they could keep someone like Mike. But Mike wanted somewhere to start and grow.

Facebook said NO to Brian and gave him the chance to meet the Next Opportunity. In order words, they simply said ‘hey Brian, check out the Next Opportunity’

Here is the point…

In life, don’t take a NO for the opposite of a YES.

See a New Opportunity in every rejection. Always think you have something better to offer. That means a better pay in return.

Every rejection is an opportunity to meet something new and do something differently.

Have you ever been rejected before? What was your response to it? Did that lead you to a bigger opportunity?

Let me hear you out in the comment box and please, share this post on social media!

50 thoughts on “The Shocking meaning of the word “NO” This will change your life!”

  1. Hi Enstine my friend,

    I’m a bit late to the party on this one…but what an amazing story!

    I love, love LOVE the way you turned NO into Next Opportunity. That is just awesome and worth a tweet all by itself.

    What’s the saying? When one door closes another one opens. This post is a wonderful example of that and encourages us all to never give up.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Hey Mary,
      Better late than never πŸ˜‰

      I’m glad you are finally here to interact. I have been busy and sick so I’m sure I missed a lot on your blog too. Will be around to check shortly so thanks for stopping by.

      Very correct! Closing one door opens another πŸ˜‰ That’s the way life is and we have to take the next opportunity and make good use of it.

      I pray you have an awesome new week my dear friend

  2. Great post-Enstine.

    NO means Next Opportunity; I won’t forget that.

    Really attitude is everything; If only we can believe that once we do our best that the universe will take care of the rest.

    Imagine Brian Action calling the same people that turned him down Fantastic People; what an awesome attitude.

    My personal principle is this post by Zig Ziglar; “You can everything in life that you desire, If only you can have enough other people get what they desire”

    The new meaning if NO is Next Opportunity

    • Hey Dan,
      So good to see you here and thanks for dropping a comment here and on Adrienne’s featured post.
      Quite true that the way you face situations determines what you get next. If NO is really a Next Opportunity, then there are always opportunities.

      Have a wonderful weekend bro. Hope to be constantly in touch

  3. Wow…what a great philosophical write up. I think every failure or rejection makes us even more strong from inside only if we have some characters. I love to challenge my self more when most of the people around me show their back on me. This article gives me extra motivation which now will help me to achieve the targets that I have set for my self for this month.

    Thanks Enstine for writing and sharing these awesome piece with all of us…It means a lot to me at least.

  4. Hi Enstine,

    I loved to see your word on See a New Opportunity in every rejection. This word inspire me a lot. You are exactly right sometime no makes new opportunity. Thank you for example as whatsapp owner who make no as new opportunity.

    Here you nicely describe if we reject from anywhere then how we can reach much better position. What a amazing post!
    Kind Regards
    Yasin Rishad

  5. Really inspiring thought with clear cut examples.
    I had went through several no ‘s while my initial phase of blogging.
    After few months’I got established with my Websites & blogs in several niche; the same approached for paid review & guest posts at huge margin.
    Obviously this stays close to my life.

  6. Hi Enstine,

    This post is quite an inspiration to me. Yes, I always get rejected but I never give up. Some of the jobs that I applied I’m over qualified but I always say to myself, “Perhaps, God doesn’t want me to take that position because He knows I won’t be happy there!”

    And so I couldn’t agree more with you. When someone say NO to you, it is like they are saying, “Here comes the NEXT opportunity!” With the companies I really like to work with, I have never give up. I just keep trying and trying until I get it.

    Thank you for sharing your nuggets!


    • Hey Angela,
      Good to see you here again and welcome back. We missed you but I’m glad you are back πŸ˜‰

      So thanks for adding your voice to this post. Rejection is part of life and the way we take it determines how far we go.

      Hope you are set for a wonderful opportunity this week πŸ˜‰

  7. Hey Enstine,

    Great read! I really love the example that you gave in this post and explained in a very nice way. The big NO example was superb. Glad to see another great post from you.

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi Enstine,

    Another interesting article. I love it!

    Yes, I strongly agree with you. Sometimes in life, there are few opportunities that come to us after we turned down by something. I’ve seen plenty of examples for it. πŸ˜‰

    I like the way you describe NO as Next Opportunity. It was a brilliant idea. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for sharing. Have a great beginning of this week!


  9. Hi Enstine,

    Wonderful and inspiring. A very famous saying comes into my mind after reading Brian’s story.

    β€œNo Pain No Gain; More Pain More Gain”

    Truly inspiring..

    Thanks for sharing

  10. How fantastic Enstine, Brian really saw the silver lining in what could have been a cloud. I never knew the backstory to Whatsapp, and now I feel I should get it on my phone. Thanks for sharing this, and I hope you had a great day with your kids and your affiliates x

    • Hahaha yeah I think you need it on your phone. It’s a great app Sarah. I love the way I can share pictures, movies, etc with friends and groups.

      It’s such a fantastic app.

      Thanks for joining this conversation

  11. Hi Enstine

    That’s a good story, and a great way to look at NO.

    Apparently a musician who auditioned the young Elvis Presley advised him to “Stick to driving a truck, because you’ll never make it as a singer”. Lucky he didnt take that “No” for an answer!

    Your story also reminds me of my network marketing days. When trying to introduce new people to my business I was taught: SWSWSWN. “Some will, some won’t, so what… Next”.

    Looking forward to your new ventures, Joy

    • Oh wow! I never heard of SWSWSWN before. I love it. Looks like a post idea don’t you think?
      Thanks for making this post richer with Elvis story.

      I hope you are having a great weekend πŸ˜‰

      I’m about publishing another Android article πŸ˜‰

      • Enstine – you never fail to inspire me!

        Yes, for sure a post idea, and it will link beautifully into my new project πŸ™‚

        Saving it as draft now, post probably coming next week as I have more visitors to cook for this weekend. Lovely friends this time.

        Thanks again for triggering this great idea with your post.

        Have a wonderful weekend. Joy

  12. Hi Enstine,

    You keep knocking me off with your creativity and great power to craft amazing headlines.

    I honestly agree with you on the new century definition of the word “NO”, authored by “Enstine Muki”

    According to great author “Napoleon Hill” in his book titled “Think and Grow Rich” he said, every adversity or failure comes along with it seed of equal opportunity.

    But I think Napoleon could have be more right on that word if he had used “better” instead of “equal”. This is because in some cases, those who are rejected in one opportunity, they certainly found greater or better one lying around the corner waiting for them to grab.

    Thanks for sharing bro, do have a nice day.

    • Hahaha I think Brian’s case make Nap’s wisdom less wise. Whatsapp and all that Brian got is better than the job πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for sharing the wisdom bro. You are awesome and even more creative πŸ˜‰

  13. Hello Sir Muki, this post really gingered my morning, you are such an awesome genius Sir and thanks for revealing the the true meaning of NO,God bless you Sir.

  14. Hello ,
    Its great, you have defined , NO as – New Opportunity . This phrase could be inspiring when we are rejected , or lose an opportunity. Just like what happened with Brian Acton , there is a guy who has been rejected many a times in his life and now he has become the richest man of his nation , and that guy is none other than Jack Ma , a Chinese entrepreneur. So failure is the stepping stone to success. That’s what everybody’s life is . Every success is preceded by failure.
    Thank you for inspiring with Brian Acton’s story…

  15. Hi Enstine,

    So you have done it again! Brilliant! πŸ™‚ The headliner when I opened my email this evening caught my eyes, I just could not resist coming to see what you were up to this time. πŸ™‚

    I must say that these are great inspirational stories from both you and Chioma. I read her article earlier and it was only then that I learned about Brian Action. And funny thing is I do use WhatsApp a lot, lol!

    Rejection can either turn out to be a curse or a blessing – it all depends on the way it is received/handled and the the person’s attitude towards it. I cannot count the many times that I have been rejected in my life. At first it really broke my heart and I often wondered what was wrong with me why folks would turn me down. I used to really think that I was the problem and perhaps that’s because I saw it then as the opposite of yes.

    Later on in life though I had a complete paradigm shift in my mind. Some things were revealed to me and it’s then I began to see rejection as a blessing in disguise and one that has the potential to push you into a whole new dimension or a new opportunity as you have shared.

    Thanks for sharing this. Great work! And congratulations on your new website BE.

    • Hey Yvonne,
      So excited to see you here again. I try as much as possible to make my titles attractive. I must mention that my inspiration comes from you my readers. That’s why I keep saying you are awesome!

      I think a life without rejection will be more boring. If rejection gave birth to Whatsapp, I’m sure there are more cool things that came up as a result of a fat “NO”

      Like you mentioned, it’s the way we take rejection that defines what we eventually become. If you see it as a pushing force to a next opportunity, it will only be a stepping stone.

      Yes, it hurts initially but one must be able to see through it and focus on what’s next

      Hey! still waiting to have you featured πŸ˜‰

      • Hey Enstine

        Thanks for your response. I have two more weeks vacation left before I go back to work July 20th – now is a good time when I can focus on that. You’re also my short list of professionals I am considering for a work on my website. Let’s chat more via email. [ empowermentmoments@gmail dot com]

  16. Hi Enstine,
    Your amazing post “headline” stumbled me on this post!
    I am so curious to know what’s happening and what’s the meaning of NO!
    Finally you revealed the real meaning of ‘No”!

    Always read your blog with interest. I find value on every post of your blog.
    Really you are Great “Enstine”!
    Nice sharing!
    Have a nice day.

  17. this is awesome. You write such catchy titles that it’s hard not to read your posts. and moreover I love your writing skills, the way you write is pretty amazing. Good job mate.

  18. Another hot shot from your side buddy,

    I read your post about how you doubled your earnings after rejection from an advertiser. This post too, is an awesome post.
    Thanks for sharing

  19. Hello Enstine,

    You just talked to me with your post. Having been rejected by Adsense for 2 consecutive times, I decided to look for other ways. Now I have an affiliate product to promote. I didn’t stop because they said no, although I am just starting.

    I have learnt how not to take NO for an answer.

    You really know how to let your followers understand properly.

    • That’s interesting Juliana.
      Rejection is not the end of the road. Giving that there are always better options, once you face a “no”, that should open some other doors.

      Thanks for sharing your experience dear friend

  20. Hey Enstine, you’re gradually becoming a Headliners monster in this game and also the power of story telling also make you stand out of the crowd. Kudos to you on that.

    I always have it in my mind that I will not settle for 2nd best in life, while you power ” NO ” inspired me more of what success really want from you.

    While a big shout to Chioma Anozie, on that inspiring post.

  21. Hi Enstine,
    Great Going!
    First of a BIG Firing!
    Then this BIG No
    And the NEW Coined Word!
    Amazing indeed!
    I have been to Chioma’s page and found that very encouraging and i posted a comment too! She did a wonderful job with that post.
    And again the connected links are really worth reading once again, though i have been to those pages earlier once again i want to check in to read in this regard this post!
    I am sure your HEADLINES Always Carry Head Weight!!! LOL πŸ™‚
    Keep sharing my dear Bro.
    ~ Phil

    • Thanks buddy Philip!
      In fact, you are one of my strong points. Thanks for the constant comments and sharing.

      I know there are better days ahead so let’s keep giving πŸ˜‰

  22. Hi Enstine,

    You are unrivaled in what you do. I love this post. Not just because of the real life stories you share but because of the real meaning of “NO” you just revealed.

    I have never thought NO meant New Opportunities but now you say so it all makes sense. Will definitely be sharing this on all my pages because you reveal some life-proven, golden nuggets here.

    Thanks so much for mentioning me in your post. I am honored πŸ™‚

    • Hey hey! Thanks for sparking this post! I got inspired while reading your blog. Always exciting to be around checking out what you share too.

      Yeah if we see NO as not being a YES, we may give in to discouragement and grow in the lack of interest. If we take it as taking us to the Next Opportunity, no NO will every break you down.

      Thanks for being part of this post my dear

  23. Hi Enstine,

    You, my dear Enstine, are a master of crafting amazing headlines!

    When I saw this entry, I was wondering what exactly ‘NO’ could mean…however, I couldn’t agree more with your concept of the otherwise sad word. In life, it’s always a smart idea to see past the obvious rainbow well into the sunshine; unfortunately, that may take even years in materializing but always means an unveiling of something awesome!

    It takes supreme foresight to reach such a level though…and a ton of training.

    Do have a very great day!

    Akaahan Terungwa

    • Hahaha! I get my inspirations from you guys, my readers and friends.
      Thanks for following up, reading and dropping a comment.

      I hope you are having a great day as well

  24. Hi Enstine, What a great story about Mike. I too got numerous rejections (no’s) when I applied for jobs at my current job. It took me 10 years before I got in. I think no is important lesson and many of todays kids do not understand the meaning of the word no. I do worry about what will happen to them in the future when they hit that brick wall of no.
    Have a great day Enstine and thanks for sharing that story with us!

    • Hey Lisa,
      Good to see you here today. Your Comment was caught up as spam by Askimet. Don’t know why πŸ˜‰

      So you had to wait 10 years? Quite long πŸ˜‰

  25. Amazing Inspiration in this post Mr.Enstine!
    I feel much more happy and motivated after reading this, I recall a certain time where I basically work Offline for Salaries, despite how much efforts myself and others staffs put into making the company do well, we were getting threats of getting FIRED! It was a NO from the Managers!
    Well, I fired them before they made any more negative moves, So Here I am! Contributing to the internet via Blogging & other freelance jobs! I am happier & I pay myself much BETTER. πŸ™‚ Happy new month Mr. Enstine

    • Hahaha! It’s better to fire them before they fire you.
      Man, your comment was caught in spam but I just got it recovered

      BTW, how is the online business?

      • Yaay!!! FTC!!! First to comment! LOL, good thing you checked your spam, I was quite worried when I saw other comments without mine, coz I visited & commented immediately I got your Newsletter.
        Business is doing good Sir, just trying to see how I can make it Greater πŸ™‚

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