When you were little, have you ever thought about funny things such as digging a hole through earth or inventing your own ice creams flavor? I tried the former at age 11, and the latter today. While the hole went two feet deep before my neighbor called my mom, I wanted to carry through the ice cream invention. On day 22 of my rejection therapy, I went into Austin's favorite Amy's Ice Creams asking for "Thai Torture", a flavor I made up and might patent someday.
Learning: I have learned by now that the first 'no' should almost never be the end negotiation/discussion. Many times, the other party need your help to collaborate on an alternative solution. Always keep your head cool, always keep your options open, always probe for more. You never know what you might discover in the end.