Saying no is just as important as saying yes

I’m not a yes man, but I like saying yes.

When people ask me for help or advice, I like to say yes and help whenever I can.

When someone asks whether I can accomplish something, I like to believe that I can, and respond with yes.

Yes reflects positivity and a willingness to help.

But sometimes you just have to say no.

If you have a lot to do, you just have to say no to those coffee meetings sometimes.

If you can’t accomplish that task or add that feature, you just have to say no.

If a customer asks for too much, you have to say no and deal with the consequences.

You have to set your priorities to determine when to say yes or no. It may be difficult to say no, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do.

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