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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The business of "Yes"

Are you thinking about doing something new?  Perhaps you'd like to change jobs or even careers. Perhaps you'd like to branch out into new activities, volunteer more, or find a club to join.

I offer a model that I hope will help you find a starting point. I call it the business of "yes." Here is how it works.  You start by talking with people, anyone, really, but friends are a good first step.  When someone offers to help, say "yes." When someone needs help, say "yes." When someone invites you to an event, say "yes." When someone offers to introduce you, say "yes."  When someone offers you a project, say "yes." If someone needs a volunteer, say "yes." The only rules you need to follow are to never violate your personal ethics and to never over-promise.

By following the paths that people offer you, you can cover a lot of ground quickly. It's like water flowing downhill through the path of least resistance. Sure, the water can carve new paths, but that takes a lot of time. It is much easier to choose the paths that are already available.

By employing this simple strategy, the business of "yes", you will open new doors and new possibilities. You will discover new connections and new realities. You may even discover your life's purpose.

Over time, you will discover the people you value the most or who offer the most promising opportunities. Spend more time talking with those people. You'll find yourself saying "yes" a lot more.  

You may not end up where you thought you'd be, but I guarantee you'll end up where you need to be.

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