Another reason to say no to a lot of good things to have a great life

December 24, 2015 by Joshua
in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Tips

Think of your heroes and role models.

How many of them reached their greatness by doing many things in many areas at once?

All the ones I can think of reached greatness by excelling in one area. After greatness they may have branched into other areas, but they all focused with discipline at first.

Most people I know spread themselves thin on many projects. They don’t say no to good things and therefore don’t have the resources to succeed on great things.

They point out how hard it is to say no to things they like. I agree. That’s why so few people qualify as heroes and role models. They didn’t say no to anything, lacked resources (time, money, enthusiasm, etc) to excel on what they could have, and settled into a mediocre life.

Some people like mediocrity. Great, enjoy it if you do. If you don’t, I recommend learning your values and learning to act on them, which means seeing less valuable interests as distractions and getting rid of them to free resources to work on more valuable ones.

As I wrote before

You have to say no to a lot of good things to have a great life.

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