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No is easier to do. Yes is easier to say.
And for the one asking: these are not mutually exclusive for the passive-aggressive, so take care in accepting an answer.
Great observation. Sometimes its better to say no when you’re overwhelmed and other times its better to say yes after you know you’re willing and able to commit.
Yes means I get my commission, so say yes to everything, someone else can deal with the consequences.
...Must point out that my last message is the mantra of the sales people in my last workplace.
Bravo! You just can’t disagree with this.
THINK ABOUT IT!
@Phil - I laughed out loud at your comment! Spot on!
SO true! I’ve learned the hard way on this one. But one of the best pieces of advise I’ve heard relevant to this is to say “no” and do it quickly, as soon as you’ve gotten the request, and not let it fester. Every hour that goes by without dealing with it makes it exponentially that much harder.
Apparently, agreeing is easier to do, and “I agree” is easier to say.
BTW, how does one “do” no?
I don’t think that I have ever “done” no.
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