How to gracefully say NO to anything

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“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
~Tony Blair

 

Scour history books, and you’ll find that highly productive, satisfied, and successful people know when to say NO to something. In fact, knowing when to turn down a request or an offer is one of the most admirable qualities to be had.

In reality, we end up saying YES far more often than we say NO. There are several reasons why we don’t say no— we don’t want to come off as rude, we don’t want to burn bridges, or simply don’t have the right words for it. To avoid uncomfortable situations and explanations, we resort to the easy way out, and say yes.

As a result, we have perpetually overstuffed calendars and stressed-out lives. All because we didn’t have the courage to say a simple two-letter word.

It doesn’t have to be like this. With the right attitude, language, and tone, a No can be far kinder than a Yes laced with resentment.

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How to Work From Home Without Feeling Lonely

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It can be depressing to be a work-at-home freelancer sometimes, especially on those days when you feel marooned on your own little island. If you ask me, such is my craving for the human connection that I still queue up at the bank to withdraw or deposit money, go to the library instead of reading books online, and walk down to the nearest takeaway restaurant instead of ordering in. On more occasions than one, I’ve wondered how the person sounds while reading an email.

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