Just Say Yes!

Last week, an article featured on LinkedIn, (via Business Insider) caught my attention -“22 Executives Share The Best Advice They Ever Received”  As a professional who is always intrigued by the bits of wisdom that may help me or the executives I work with to be more successful, I was genuinely curious about what I could learn from these top business gurus. While the majority of them had helpful and interesting things to share, there was one piece of advice that really resonated with me. I’ve been thinking about it since I read the article.

“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.”  -Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google

Why did this one stick with me?  Because I think so many of us have gotten into the habit of finding reasons to say NO, that we need to be reminded of all of the magic that can happen when we find ways to say YES.  Think about it.  In many circumstances, it’s easier to say “no” to things – It’s less work, sometimes it’s more convenient, and it’s often the safer, less-risky choice. Today, many of us have more limited free time and decreased resources than ever before. We may be a bit fearful to put ourselves out there or jeopardize what we already have – making it a lot easier to scrutinize, justify and/or find reasons to maintain the status quo.

But, what might have happened if you would’ve gone the extra mile or made the time to say “yes” to that interview.. or to that set-up… or to that business meeting … or even to that event last Saturday night?

Since I read this last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways our lives are enhanced and potentially changed when we say “yes.” All of the people we meet, opportunities we have, success and failures we experience, lessons we learn… all of these things keep us moving forward – professionally and personally. And that’s why this small piece of advice may have made the biggest difference in Eric Schmidt’s success.

I challenge you, too, to think about Eric Schmidt’s advice and think about ways you can apply it to your life. Opportunity is everywhere – we just need to be open and willing to receive it.

How might your life change if you find more ways to say “yes?”

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