“…when I wanted to say ‘No’ and said ‘Yes.'” (Great Work quote)
“All the mistakes I ever made were
when I wanted to say ‘No’ and said ‘Yes.'”
~ Moss Hart, playwright
Nothing gets in the way of doing more Great Work than the need to say Yes.
The problem is the people in the middle. Bill Jensen taught me that – you can say “no” to people with whom you’ve got no relationship (telemarketers spring to mind) or to people with whom you have a deep relationship (your spouse, anyone?) … but all those other folk, they’re the ones it’s hard to just say No to.
And in fact, I think the challenge is not in the No. It’s in the default Yes.
What if your goal was to start saying Yes just a little more slowly.
Ask some questions. Get them to be specific about what they want. Get specific about what you can give.
And see where that takes you.