I've said "no" to lots of great opportunities...
... to committee memberships, because the time commitments conflicted with family.
... to speaking opportunities, because it wasn't the right audience for me.
... to every single litigated case I've come across since January 2013, because I was committed to building an ADR practice.
They were great opportunities — for someone. Not for me. Not for the practice and lifestyle I was trying to build.
Figure out what you want to say "yes" to, and start saying "no" to anything that gets in your way. Let me know how it goes.
Have you experienced the power of "no"? Share your thoughts in the comments section!