Yes Lives in the Land of No

A Tale of Triumph Over Negativity

BJ Gallagher (Author) | Steve Ventura (Author)

Publication date: 05/05/2006

Yes Lives in the Land of No
  • Cowritten by the authors of the international bestsellers A Peacock in the Land of Penguins (more than 250,000 copies sold) and Walk Awhile in MY Shoes (more than 750,000 copies sold)
  • A lively parable that tackles a tough subject--how to overcome negativity to find success, happiness, and affirmation
  • Includes practical tips, tools, and strategies to help readers apply the lessons of the parable in their personal and professional lives
  • Listen to a podcasted interview with BJ Gallagher on Total Picture Radio
  • Cowritten by the authors of the international bestsellers A Peacock in the Land of Penguins (more than 250,000 copies sold) and Walk Awhile in MY Shoes (more than 750,000 copies sold)
  • A lively parable that tackles a tough subject--how to overcome negativity to find success, happiness, and affirmation
  • Includes practical tips, tools, and strategies to help readers apply the lessons of the parable in their personal and professional lives
  • Listen to a podcasted interview with BJ Gallagher on Total Picture Radio

It seems like everywhere we turn, we're confronted by shaking heads, thumbs down, brick walls, brush-offs, and closed doors. NOs surround us--in our workplaces, in our communities and places of worship, in government, in social settings, in schools, and even within our families.

Whether you're applying for a job, making a request, looking for a house, dating to find the right mate, seeking some type of approval, selling a product or an idea (or yourself), or trying to organize others into getting something accomplished, you're going to encounter rebuffs and resistance. What can you do to overcome so much negativity?

This wise, insightful parable follows our hero who ventures into the Land of NO in search of YES. He watches well-intentioned characters flounder and fail--while noticing other characters using different approaches and achieving success. Our observant hero learns from others' experiences, as well as his own.

Through his journey, you will discover how you, too, can persist in the face of frequent NOs--both the NOs uttered by people around you and, perhaps more importantly, the insidious NOs whispered by your own inner voices.

The second half of the book takes you from parable to practice--with proven tips, tools, and strategies to help you persevere, develop tenacity, persist in the face of rejection, and overcome the inertia of the status quo. Taken together, the two parts of this book provide a how-to manual that's both practical and entertaining. It will help you find the YESes you seek--faster, more effectively, and with a lot less discouragement and despair in the process.

  • Cowritten by the authors of the international bestsellers A Peacock in the Land of Penguins (more than 250,000 copies sold) and Walk Awhile in MY Shoes (more than 750,000 copies sold)
  • A lively parable that tackles a tough subject--how to overcome negativity to find success, happiness, and affirmation
  • Includes practical tips, tools, and strategies to help readers apply the lessons of the parable in their personal and professional lives
  • Listen to a podcasted interview with BJ Gallagher on Total Picture Radio

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  • Cowritten by the authors of the international bestsellers A Peacock in the Land of Penguins (more than 250,000 copies sold) and Walk Awhile in MY Shoes (more than 750,000 copies sold)
  • A lively parable that tackles a tough subject--how to overcome negativity to find success, happiness, and affirmation
  • Includes practical tips, tools, and strategies to help readers apply the lessons of the parable in their personal and professional lives
  • Listen to a podcasted interview with BJ Gallagher on Total Picture Radio
  • Cowritten by the authors of the international bestsellers A Peacock in the Land of Penguins (more than 250,000 copies sold) and Walk Awhile in MY Shoes (more than 750,000 copies sold)
  • A lively parable that tackles a tough subject--how to overcome negativity to find success, happiness, and affirmation
  • Includes practical tips, tools, and strategies to help readers apply the lessons of the parable in their personal and professional lives
  • Listen to a podcasted interview with BJ Gallagher on Total Picture Radio

It seems like everywhere we turn, we're confronted by shaking heads, thumbs down, brick walls, brush-offs, and closed doors. NOs surround us--in our workplaces, in our communities and places of worship, in government, in social settings, in schools, and even within our families.

Whether you're applying for a job, making a request, looking for a house, dating to find the right mate, seeking some type of approval, selling a product or an idea (or yourself), or trying to organize others into getting something accomplished, you're going to encounter rebuffs and resistance. What can you do to overcome so much negativity?

This wise, insightful parable follows our hero who ventures into the Land of NO in search of YES. He watches well-intentioned characters flounder and fail--while noticing other characters using different approaches and achieving success. Our observant hero learns from others' experiences, as well as his own.

Through his journey, you will discover how you, too, can persist in the face of frequent NOs--both the NOs uttered by people around you and, perhaps more importantly, the insidious NOs whispered by your own inner voices.

The second half of the book takes you from parable to practice--with proven tips, tools, and strategies to help you persevere, develop tenacity, persist in the face of rejection, and overcome the inertia of the status quo. Taken together, the two parts of this book provide a how-to manual that's both practical and entertaining. It will help you find the YESes you seek--faster, more effectively, and with a lot less discouragement and despair in the process.

  • Cowritten by the authors of the international bestsellers A Peacock in the Land of Penguins (more than 250,000 copies sold) and Walk Awhile in MY Shoes (more than 750,000 copies sold)
  • A lively parable that tackles a tough subject--how to overcome negativity to find success, happiness, and affirmation
  • Includes practical tips, tools, and strategies to help readers apply the lessons of the parable in their personal and professional lives
  • Listen to a podcasted interview with BJ Gallagher on Total Picture Radio

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Visit Author Page - BJ Gallagher

BJ Gallagher is a dynamic workshop leader and charismatic keynote speaker, as well as a much-published, bestselling author. She conducts seminars for women's groups, as well as professional organizations and corporations. Her topics include: leadership skills for women, male/female communication styles, how to manage your boss, thriving on change, and tapping into the creativity of diversity. BJ writes business books, women's books, and gift books.

BJ's other business books include: Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money and Success (Berrett-Koehler) and YES Lives in the Land of NO: A Tale of Triumph Over Negativity (Berrett-Koehler). Her latest career book is It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been (Viva Editions).



Visit Author Page - Steve Ventura

Steve Ventura is an author, educator, and training program designer. His books include Walk Awhile In MY Shoes, Forget For Success, Start Right… Stay Right, and Who Are THEY Anyway, co-authored with BJ Gallagher.

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Yes Lives in the Land of No: A Tale of Triumph Over Negativity

Books by BJ Gallagher


A Peacock in the Land of Penguins


A Fable About Creativity and Courage
         with Warren H. Schmidt




What Would Buddha Do at Work?


101 Answers to Workplace Dilemmas
         with Franz Metcalf




Who Are “They” Anyway?


A Tale of Achieving Success at Work through Personal Accountability
         with Steve Ventura




Women’s Work Is Never Done
Celebrating Everything Women Do




Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Other Women




Friends Are Everything




What’s the Matter with Henry?


The True Tale of a Three-legged Cat
         with Cathy Conheim



Books by Steve Ventura


Start Right … Stay Right


Every Employee’s Straight-Talk Guide to Job Success




Walk Awhile in MY Shoes


Gut-Level, Real-World Messages Between Employees and Managers
         with Eric Harvey




Five Star Teamwork


How to Achieve Success … Together
         with Michelle Correia Templin




Who Are “They” Anyway?


A Tale of Achieving Success at Work through Personal Accountability
         with BJ Gallagher




Forget for Success


Walking Away from Outdated, Counterproductive Beliefs and People Practices
         with Eric Harvey

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Endorsements

"Is this a great book? YES. Will you recognize many of the negative people in your life? YES again. Will you learn how to avoid NO, as well as how to deal with NO if you can't avoid it? YES, for sure. And will you learn how to turn NO into YES? Undoubtedly YES. Could this book make your life more positive? YES, absolutely!"
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and The Secret

"We tend to forget that the road to success is not a smooth, four-lane highway. It is more like a winding dirt road ... with myriad NOs in the form of potholes, rocks and boulders, roadblocks and detours. This funny, engaging guide will inspire you to keep moving forward through the Land of NO until you find your YES. What a wonderful book!"
--Chellie Campbell, author of The Wealthy Spirit and Zero to Zillionaire!

"The beauty of metaphor is that it communicates meaning, not just information--which is why I learned so much from this book about navigating a sea of negativity to find the treasure that is YES."
--Dr. Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, and author of On Becoming a Leader and Organizing Genius

"This imaginative, creative book is encouraging for your mind, as well as your soul."
--Paul Orfalea, Kinko's founder and coauthor of Copy This!

"Here's the perfect gift for anyone who is graduating high school, going to college, looking for a job, taking that first job, stuck in a job, or just plain wondering how to negotiate better in life. Provided here are the practical tools needed to turn 'NOs' into 'YESes' ... or at least 'Maybes'... and to understand the lesson beneath the 'NO.' There is no way the recipient of this book won't say 'Thanks.'"
--Beverly Kaye, founder and CEO, Career Systems International, and coauthor of Love It Don't Leave It: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work

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