Moving beyond “No”

On his popular podcast, “10,000 NOs,” Boston College alumnus Matthew Del Negro has interviewed countless people—from athletes and entrepreneurs to cancer survivors and authors—who have inspired others to keep going even when their progress seems infinitesimally slow. Del Negro says the podcast has been “a great education. Basically, I just keep relearning the lesson my Dad always taught me… that failure is just opportunity in disguise.” As a professional actor, Del Negro is familiar with the word “no” and has had to overcome a sea of rejections on his way to success. “As an actor, even if you’re considered a relative ‘success,’ you’re really unemployed for so much of your career.” He combines stories from his life and acting career with anecdotes and quotes from his podcast in his new book 10,000 NOs: How to Overcome Rejection on the Way to your YES (Wiley 2020). Del Negro says he has learned hard lessons about perseverance, persistence, and resilience and believes his book can teach readers how to make it through the tough times and deal with massive uncertainty by retaining the flexibility to change course and pivot to follow their passion. Del Negro is currently a series regular on Showtime’s “City on a Hill.” His acting credits include roles on ABC’s “Scandal,” HBO’s “Sopranos,” and NBC’s “The West Wing,” as well as roles in films such as Hot Pursuit and Wind River.

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