I have a hard time saying no to people. Even if I’m broke and I’m out buying potatoes. I get a kilo and the clerk goes: “want some milk, rosemary and basil to go with that” and I say yeah sure. It’s extremely difficult to say no. Let alone saying no to your friends who ask for favors. Or anything they ask you to do at work.
Saying no is difficult to most people. But it’s worth practicing. It’s given you can’t say no everywhere and all the time. If there’s no leverage you’re on thin ice. But on the other hand if you got leverage that might be a way to create more of it.
If you have no experience it’s time to practice. Because there will be a day when you have to choose between saying no and a burnout/romantic dinner with your spouse/fill in the blank.
There is a law of nature on getting more when you already got a lot. Money, women, love, poverty, work… Goes with anything. You got a lot of work? Expect more of it.
But if you’re good at what you do you can say no. Because you’re good and you’ve got leverage they respect you more. They see you’re not a doormat. But if you haven’t got leverage… Then you’re on your own.
Practice saying no. If you’re like me you’ll need it. It will pay off.
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