The Downside to Saying Yes and Learning To Say No

In 2005, radio producer and author, Danny Wallace wrote a novel titled, Yes Man. The idea was that for one year, Wallace would say yes to every offer presented to him. While this is an intriguing way to combat the mundane, it’s a weak strategy to apply to one’s career.

The average workplace is a microcosm of society where social and professional elements intersect. There’s a hierarchy ruled by etiquette, all of which is hard to ignore for those hoping to get noticed for their abilities. Most workplaces fail in running their organizations as a meritocracy.

Many equate a rise to the top by one’s willingness to say “yes”. The belief is that by uttering the word “yes”, an employee can get the attention of those higher on the ladder. Saying “yes” to every request can make you the go-to person when a job needs to be done.

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