On saying no


Read the Kevin Rose newsletter this morning and got to share this with you guys:

Seth Godin: On saying “no”

– If you’re not proud of it, don’t serve it.

– If you can’t do a good job, don’t take it on.

– If it’s going to distract you from the work that truly matters, pass.

– If you don’t know why they want you to do this, ask.

– If you need to hide it from your mom, reconsider.

– If it benefits you but not the people you care about, decline.

– If you’re going along with the crowd, that’s not enough.

– If it creates a habit that costs you in the long run, don’t start.

– If it doesn’t move you forward, hesitate then walk away.

Thanks, Seth. I’ll respectfully add a couple of my own to your list:

– If you’re going to say no, do it now. “Maybe” is not fair for the interrogator.

– If you’re saying yes out of fear of offending the asker, say no, you’ll grow stronger.

– If you’re unsure, sleep on it, then say no in the following day.


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