The Power of No

Despite my oft-repeated mantra of ignoring the naysayers, there is value to a “no” — when it comes from you and your own careful consideration. Don’t say no just because a lot of other people are saying you should. And don’t say no just because certain people are saying you should say yes. Think about it from your own perspective and opinions, and decide based on your thoughts.

But as always, if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t, so you should always listen to your heart on that.

I recently purchased a system related to one of the business projects I’m working on. The purchase was something new and different, something that I’ve never purchased before. I did so mainly because it came with a  no-risk 30-day evaluation period … if you’re not satisfied, you can return the product and get your money back.

After spending a couple of weeks evaluating the system, I found that it didn’t really match what I was trying to accomplish. But most of all, it didn’t “feel right”. There were numerous typographical errors in the documentation and even in some of the products, and getting questions answered wasn’t always immediate. So I returned it.

I couldn’t have reached a “no” if I hadn’t spent the time to evaluate the pros and cons, and realize my feelings about the product. So use the power of “no”, with consideration and forethought.


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