James Clear

James Clear quotes on saying no

Author of the #1 NYT bestseller Atomic Habits. I write about building better habits.

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Lesson I'm slowly learning: Waiting to reply because you don't have an answer yet (or you don't want to share bad news) makes the situation worse. Silence frustrates and confuses people. It's better to say, "Hey, no update yet. Still working on it." Try to over-communicate.

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Success eats itself. The more successful you become, the more opportunities come your way. The more new things you take on, the less time you spend doing what made you successful in the first place. For success to persist, your threshold for saying yes must increase.

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