“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” ― Warren Buffett
To me, this quote says: Make time for yourself, your family, to dream, to be curious, to explore, to make time for the projects YOU value instead of always trying to please someone else.
Saying no is hard. It’s something I personally wrestle with, and don’t feel alone in. Over the past several years I’ve challenged myself to pause and ask myself whether or not I’ll find this project energizing before giving an answer. (Granted there are times when I just have to say no — I am not willing to risk over-promising or sacrificing the end goal on a project... even if it's a project I am passionate about.)
What I’ve noticed is the more I work to embrace saying no, the better I’m finding my professional (and personal) life. It’s a matter of creating space for the opportunities that make me want to do cartwheels down the hall—instead of missing out because I’ve said yes to all the other projects that simply weigh me down.
My philosophy: Embrace the cartwheel moments and be the best possible you.