The Master Skill
“If something is not a “Hell YEAH!”, then it’s a “No!” ― James Altucher
Warren Buffett is worth $78 Billion.
The “Oracle of Omaha” is the 2nd richest person in the world.
Buffett was interviewed by SUCCESS magazine.
When old Warren speaks, it’s probably not a bad idea to lower the volume on House of Cards and take a listen.
The interviewer asked:
“What is the #1 Key to your success?”
Without hesitation, Buffett answered:
“For every 100 great opportunities that are brought to me, I say no 99 times.”
“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say “No” to almost everything.”
“NO” GIVES YOU OPPORTUNITY
We make a decision to START a NEW GOAL.
As soon as we make a little progress, life tests our commitment.
The universe will try to take that time back.
We will be:
- Invited to an event we don’t want to attend.
- Asked to take on a forgettable project at work.
- Picked to be on a group that meets way too much.
Saying “Yes” to the wrong things causes us to DRIFT.
Lucky for us there is a WAY OUT .
“NO” IS POWERFUL
“No” may be the most POWERFUL word in the English language.
Darren Hardy wrote, “Saying ‘No’ is the master skill of success.”
- Puts us in back in charge.
- Buys back our time.
- Creates space to work on what’s important.
“NO” IS HARD
I have struggled saying “No” my entire life.
When I tell someone “No”, I feel like I am letting them down.
I’ve come to realize when I don’t say “NO” to distractions, I’m just letting myself down.
To accomplish anything REMARKABLE, we have to disappoint some people.
“NO” STARTS WITH GRATITUDE
Saying “No” requires TACT.
I’ve found saying “Thank you” in front of “No” has real value:
“Thank you for your offer, but I can’t make it.”
Saying “Thank You” shows GRATITUDE.
It’s also easier on the other person’s EGO.
“NO” NEEDS TIME
Another “No” tactic that works is asking for time to think about.
“Thank you for your offer:
- “…I just can’t commit to that right now.”
- “…can I look at my schedule and get back to you?”
- “…I can’t make it, but if something changes I’ll let you know.”
“NO” CREATES SIMPLICITY
Saying “No” declutters our schedules.
“No” simplifies our lives.
We create more time to work on the things that matter.
Josh Billings wrote, “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying “Yes” too quickly and not saying ‘No’ soon enough.”
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