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Tell Me What You Say Yes to, and I'll Tell You Who You Are

Past, present, and future identities

  • Your present identity is based on what you said yes to yesterday, a product of your previous decisions.
  • Your future identity is what you say yes to today, a product of your current decisions.
  • Your past identity is what you’ll say yes to tomorrow. No matter how dark or conflicted your past, it can be transformed. As you change, the meaning of your past changes, as does the memory of it.

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Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.”

Every choice is very costly

Saying yes isn’t free. Every choice has embedded an opportunity cost. 

When you say yes to anything, you say no to almost everything else. 

Self-signaling

Your actions provide a signal to you of the type of person you are. 

Your actions demonstrate what you really believe:  If you wake up early and go running, you’ll think to yourself, I’m the kind of person that wakes up early and goes running. 

Past, present, and future identities

  • Your present identity is based on what you said yes to yesterday, a product of your previous decisions.
  • Your future identity is what you say yes to today, a product of your current decisions.
  • Your past identity is what you’ll say yes to tomorrow. No matter how dark or conflicted your past, it can be transformed. As you change, the meaning of your past changes, as does the memory of it.

Jim Collins

Jim Collins

“If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any.”

The pursuit of less

Most things should swiftly be said no to. The most successful people say no to almost everything.

Most people say yes to minor things. Hence, most people live minor, not major lives.

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“Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.”

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"The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything."

"Saying no is its own leadership capability. It is not just a peripheral skill. As with any ability, we start with limited experience."

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Life Is Cyclical

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The Ongoing Cycles Surrounding Us

Everywhere around us, whether it's stock markets, the weather, and life in general, we are constantly subjected to ongoing cycles.

  • In Businesses, it helps to know the state of the industry, the number of years in business, product acceptance, and current trends.

  • In careers, we can be aware of our network strength, experience, emerging innovations, and skill relevance.

  • With regards to our energy, we can be aware of how we are feeling, what is our current lifestyle, our food intake, and the current season.

Use Cycles to Make Your Decisions

Understanding that we are in a cycle helps us make better decisions.

As nothing in life is static, with change being the only consistent attribute, we must respect the cyclic nature of everything, and if we are aware where we are in the up and down motion, we can make better decisions.