Member Update: On Saying Yes and No


A recent issue of Mark Manson’s email newsletter had, what I thought, was an excellent take on when to say yes and when to say no.

(His newsletter is awesome — you can sign up for it here — but please, if you find profanity off-putting, do NOT click that link.)

When to Say Yes

Mark suggests saying yes as often as you can when you are in the early stages of building anything, whether it’s a base of friends, a new business or career, or a skill.

The more you say yes, the more you’ll encounter opportunities, make connections, and practice what you know, so you can get better at it.

When to Say No

Mark then talked about saying no once all your yeses had grown into more opportunities than you can handle or want to handle.

Once you consistently have an abundance of opportunities coming your way, start picking those that appeal to you. Say no to those you aren’t interested in.

Easier Said Than Done

Most people have a hard time saying either yes or no. They are usually good at one or the other. If you’re good at saying yes, you’ll get busy… and then busier… and then swamped.

If you’re good at saying no, you may miss out on early opportunities that could open new doors on the way to achieving success.

In other words, people who say yes a lot succeed faster. People who say no a lot enjoy their success more when they get there. Finding the balance will lead you to success sooner and help you enjoy it (and maintain it) once you’re there.

As a writer, if you’re just starting out, go ahead and say yes to every project and opportunity… even if the niche isn’t where you want to be, or the fee is a little lower than you’d like.

As you gain momentum, make the shift. Start saying no to those projects that aren’t a good fit. And start saying no to fees that don’t meet your expectations.

By being deliberate about saying yes and saying no, you can build the business you want… and you can do it faster.

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Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, June 3: Ready for a little summer fun? During this Monthly Member Update, I’ll give you three summer challenges to choose from. Pick one to grow your business over the next three months. Plus, find out what’s new and what’s coming up on Wealthy Web Writer.

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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!


Heather Robson

Heather Robson

Managing editor of Wealthy Web Writer, Heather has over ten years of content marketing and development experience.

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