Saying no can be the hardest thing. But it can also be the most liberating. Learning how to say no can transform your lives by opening the doors to the things that make you want to say yes. Here are some thoughts from some intelligent minds on how and why we should say no.
“If it’s not a ‘hell yes!’, it’s a ‘no’.”
— Derek Sivers, serial American entrepreneur
“Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.”
— Jerzy Gregorek, Olympic weightlifting coach
“No man can succeed in any endeavour he does not like.”
— Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich
“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
— Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister
“Say ‘no’ to a lot of things so that you can say ‘yes’ to the ONE thing.”
— Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, entrepreneurs, authors of The One Thing
“Until you learn how to confidently say no to so many things, you shall always say yes to so many things. The real summary of a regretful life is a life that failed to balance yes and no. A life that failed to recognize when to courageously say NO and when to confidently say YES!”
— Ernest Agyemang Yeboah, Ghanaian writer
“No is such a liberating word. Everyone’s always looking for more time. That’s what everyone wants. No is one of the few things that gains time. Whenever you say no to something, you gain time.
— Jason Fried, CEO of software company Basecamp