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The Yes/No Book by Dr. Mike Clayton

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CHAPTER 3

The meaning of NO

‘The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes’

Tony Blair

Stuck?

Many people are.

If you feel trapped by your life, your job, or your circumstances, it may not be because you said ‘yes’ to the wrong things. You may well be saying yes to precisely the right things.

The problem is that you may not have the time or the energy to devote to them, because you are also saying ‘yes’ to a load of other stuff: stuff you ought to say ‘no’ to. Only when you have the courage to say ‘no’ to them will you be able to commit enough time to the things you want to focus on; the things you ought to focus on.

Only when you have the courage to say ‘no’ will wholly new possibilities emerge.

The power of ‘no’ ...

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