Best 25 Quotes & Tweets on Saying no

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1

Don't ghost. Saying no is a skill worth learning.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

2

The most powerful productivity tool ever invented is simply the word "no."

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

3

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.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

Happiness generally isn't about making more money, but rather freedom. The freedom to say no to things you don't want to do. The freedom to say no to people you don't like. The freedom to not feel like you are obligated to say "yes." Freedom is saying yes when you want to.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

5

No over yes. Hard over easy. Outcome over ego. Simple over complex. Listen over speaking. Doing over criticizing. Effective over efficient. Long term over short term. Avoiding stupidity over seeking brilliance.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

6

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.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

If you don't say yes in the first 5 minutes, say no.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

8

Hard work is necessary but not sufficient for success. You also need to work on the right things, which means saying no to the wrong things.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

9

Most product strategy comes down to saying no.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

10

If you desire to be effective and efficient, start with saying no. Nothing is more effective than saying no to things that don't matter. Nothing is more efficient than doing this quickly.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

11

If you agree to something, agree to give it your all and treat it like the most important thing in the world. If you can’t do that, just say no.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

12

Progress relies on you saying no to hundreds of things every day.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

13

Being good at product is being great at saying no.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

14

The more we say yes, the more complex life gets.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

15

The word with the highest ROI in every language: No.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

16

Freedom is the ability to say no.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

Opt-out is a cop-out. Defaults reveal the soul.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

18

The respectful ability to say no as an entrepreneur & PM is life changing, just say no to: -endless optimization -optionality maximization -everyone’s feedback internally -making all users happy -reactive decisions -building more -uniformed opinion Figure out no way before yes

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

19

Mastery is saying no to almost everything.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

20

The Artisan Manifesto 1. Do the best work you can, for its own sake. 2. Be creative. Don’t follow others. 3. Make your work a business. 4. Don’t cut corners for efficiency. 5. Say no to things you’d rather not do. 6. Never sell something you know is defective.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

21

How to become an artisan: - Do the best work you can, for its own sake. - Be creative. Don’t follow others. - Make your work a business. - Don’t cut corners for efficiency. - Never sell something you know is defective. - Say no to things you’d rather not do.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

22

If you want to be known as the go-to person for something specific then you may need to say “no” to many awesome but unaligned opportunities. Saying no is hard. But it’s made infinitely easier when you’re clear about what you’re saying “yes” to.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

23

Scaling is more about saying no than yes.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

24

Focus is about saying “no” to all the stuff that you *could* do to make space for what you *should* do.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

25

If you want to be known for something specific, you’ll have to say “no” to many other somethings.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour