Episode #18 Practice Saying No
Did you know that the world’s best poker players fold more than 80% of their hands? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Russell Catania discuss an important practice of successful leaders: choosing to decline most opportunities so that they are free to invest in the truly great ones.
If you don’t say 'No' to me on a regular basis, I can never trust your 'Yes.'Dr. Michael Brown
- It is impossible to say “Yes” to everything.
- If we don’t regularly say “No” to good things, we may jeopardize our ability to say “Yes” to great things.
- If we spread ourselves too thin, we will be unable to invest fully in what matters most.
- If we learn to say “No,” we learn to stop lying to ourselves and others.
- Every time we say “No,” our “Yes” becomes more powerful.
- A private “No” often matters just as much, if not more, than a public “No.”
- Commit to never again saying, “I will try to make it” or “I might come” if you already know that the honest answer is “No.”
- Imagine which important “Yes” could be enabled by each “No.”
- Refuse to engage in activities for the sole purpose of enhancing your resume.
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Quitting Is Okay
Not every movie is worth finishing, and not everything we start is worth continuing. This week, college dropout turned entrepreneur Ben Vollmar joins Dr. Michael Brown in a conversation about values, commitments, and mindset.
Live With Less
What does it look like to live against the grain in a world that is focused on collecting more, more, and more? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and recovering people-pleaser Amy Seiffert discuss how reducing the clutter in our lives and hearts allows us to make room for whatever is most important.
Honor Your Commitments
Each and every one of us have made a promise that we couldn't keep. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Dan Costello offer their insights on how to do what we say we will do and how to honorably call it quits.