Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on saying no

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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