Know When to Say No

I once went into the mall for new shirt and came out with over $300 in hair products that I bought from a quick-talking salesman at a kiosk.

I didn’t even get outside before I started feeling the most intense buyer’s remorse I had ever experienced. This was all because I didn’t know when to say no.

As you can see, I used to have a hard time saying no to people, even if it cost me. This can apply to the workplace as well.

It can be hard for young pros to say no when they’re trying to please their coworkers or prove their worth in a company. But overtime, the many demands in and outside the workplace will force you to prioritize your time, and saying no will begin to come to you more naturally.

Everyday, people try to get you to say yes to them. Sometimes it’s for a good reason and other times it’s more self-fulfilling. While it’s good to extend your help, insight or time to others, don’t let them take advantage of the fact that you never say no. Balance your own needs with those of others so no one gets neglected.

Know when to say no, because if you don’t, no one will say it for you.

Do you know when to say no?

One thought to “Know When to Say No”

  1. Great advice. Sometimes in the workplace you don’t have to say “no” if you can find a work around or someone to do what needs to be done for you. But be careful here. Everyone needs to set a limit on much they can realistically say “yes” to. In the work place, there comes a point where the quality of your work suffers or is compromised if you don’t know when to say, “No”.

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