Chapter 27

It’s Okay to Say “No”

“I cannot give the formula for success, but I can give the formula for failure – try to please everybody.”
-- Herbert B. Swope

Saying “no” at the appropriate time is a very positive act. Saying “no” clearly does not mean that you are being rude, uncaring or that you want to sever connections with those around you. Saying “no” can be positively applied to family and work situations, and to many other aspects of life. There are no hard and fast rules to saying “no.” Say “no” when you feel it is appropriate.

The benefits of saying “no”:

  • In your dealings with family and friends, there are times when, in the interest of having more favorable outcomes, that it is best to say “no.” This holds very true in parenting as well.

Saying “no” allows you to give your full and undivided attention to your current projects and commitments.