Derek Sivers

from the book “”:

If you’re not feeling “hell yeah!” then say no


Most of us have lives filled with mediocrity.

We said yes to things that we felt “yeah, I guess” and “OK, why not?” about. Now we have no free time or space in our mind.

So when amazing opportunities come along, we’re too overwhelmed to give them attention. We miss out on the great, because we’re busy with the mediocre.

Imagine this instead:

If you’re feeling anything less than “Hell yeah, that would be awesome!” about something, say no.

It’s an easier decision. Say no to almost everything.

This gives you lots of free time, and an uncluttered mind.

Then, when you find something truly amazing, you can jump on it immediately and throw yourself into it completely, because you’ve got room in your life to give it your full attention. (What a life, right?)

Raise the bar. Raise your rates. Cut out everything that’s not exciting. Free up your time.

Though it’s good to say yes when you’re starting out, wanting absolutely any opportunity, or needing variety, it’s bad to say yes when you’re overwhelmed, over-committed, or need to focus.

Do almost nothing. But the things you do, do them all the way.