How persistent are you with your dreams? How many times can you hear "no" before you quit chasing your passion? Finding someone to loan you money can be tricky, especially when you're launching a new startup with which few people are familiar. Wanna start a restaurant? Great. We know what that looks like. Here's a bucket of cash.
Want to start a theme park based on a rodent? When there are no theme parks and people can't quite envision what you see in your own daydreams. It's tough. Legend has it Walt Disney was turned down by banks and investors 302 times before finally getting funding for Disney World. Can you IMAGINE hearing "no" 300 times!? What about 10 times? It's safe to say most of us would give up after a handful of rejections. But Walt soldiered on after the 100th "no." After the 200th. What must he have been thinking when he was rejected for the 300th time?
But at 303, the world changed. Walt got his financing and built The Happiest Place on Earth. I can think of no better example of pursuing your dreams with unwavering faith.
Except, perhaps, Harlan Sanders, who was denied 1,009 times before finding funding for his chicken restaurant.
If you have a dream that burns inside you, never, ever let anyone extinguish that flame.