About the Book
10,000 NOs: How to Overcome Rejection on the Way to Your YES chronicles actor Matthew Del Negro’s tough journey from humble beginnings, through a sea of rejections, on the way to his eventual rise to become a recognizable face on some of history's most acclaimed television shows. Along the way, he learned hard lessons about perseverance, persistence, and resilience. Teaching 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 your passion, Del Negro explains how to achieve success in even the most competitive industries.
The book, which delves into his personal story from Division I athlete to his professional dream of becoming an actor without any show business connections, shares the wisdom and knowledge Del Negro has gained from both his failures and successes in one of America’s most competitive industries: professional acting.
Amidst his own stories from life and acting, Del Negro weaves anecdotes and quotes from interviews he has had with a wide range of inspirational people from all walks of life on his popular podcast, 10,000 NOs. The list of high-achievers includes professional athletes, bestselling authors, Forbes list entrepreneurs, cancer survivors, Hollywood elite, and more. His celebrated and top-ranked podcast in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, continues to inspire others to keep going even when their progress seems infinitesimally slow.
Praise for 10,000 NOs
"This book feels like the perfect companion to the way Matt conducted himself every time we've collaborated: honest, open, thoughtful, prepared, humble, and professional. If you're an actor looking to advance through your own tough journey or anyone looking to overcome adversity and challenges, I highly suggest reading 10,000 NOs."
Lawrence Trilling - Director/Producer, Showrunner (Goliath, Parenthood)
"Being told 'No' and getting doors slammed in your face is part of playing the game. It's what you do with all those 'NOs' that will ultimately determine if you expand into your greatest potential. Listen to every insightful word Matthew has to say ― it's a recipe for success."
Suzy Batiz - Founder/CEO, Poo-pourrie, Forbes' America's Richest Self-Made Women
"I've known Matt since I was 20 years old. He's always been a rock for me. There's no one better to write a book on resilience and perseverance. Every time I think he just may get snuffed out by another 'No', he pops back up and keeps marching forward."
Chris Messina - Actor (Argo, Sharp Objects, Julie & Julia, Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Mindy Project)
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Great stuff from Matthew DelNegro! This book is down to earth, relatable, practical, hard earned WISDOM. And, its enjoyable to read as the lessons told are through entertaining stories - some cringeworthy, some hilarious - of Matt's career and life and those of his awesome and admirable guests on 10,000 no's the podcast, which is also highly recommended!
— Michael Boyle via Amazon