“If it’s not a FUCK YES, then it’s a HELL NO.” – Derek Sivers
If you are even a little like me, then there is never enough time to do everything you have or want to do. You are literally swamped with work and personal responsibilities, projects, your Pocket App is exploding at the seams, and you have piles of books you intend to get to one of these days – as soon as you get caught up. You are “busy.” Which really means you are failing…but that’s a whole other newsletter.
If this is you, and admittedly it is me currently, then it’s high time we start examining where we are heading. By all my estimates, it ain’t good. Take a good hard look at all the things you are filling your time with. More specifically, the things you are saying “YES” (though I doubt with that much enthusiasm) to. It’s tricky to do that right now, but I urge you to be very conscious of “YES” going forward.
There is an exception! As Derek explained on his recent spot on the Tim Ferriss podcast, if you have recently started a new business or project and you need to get your name out there, receive some testimonials, book more gigs…then say YES to it all. Everyone has to pay their dues. (Again, another newsletter.) However, if that is not the case. If you’re at a point where you don’t need to say YES to everything that comes your way, then the only way forward it seems to me, is to start saying NO. Or perhaps, FUCK NO.
Why you might ask? Well, it’s simple really…there is only so much time in the day, and you are dying. You can do mediocre work, and work yourself right into your grave OR, you can choose to do extravagant work by being a bit more choosy. You just might find that you don’t have to work at all. If you don’t want to, but because you’ll be doing such fine work, I have a hunch you won’t mind.
So join me won’t you? Let’s start saying a little less “YES” and a little more “FUCK NO.” I have a funny feeling we will be very happy we did.
Good luck out there!
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