I read this quote a few years ago and now keep it prime and center on my ideas notebook:
“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it’s a little bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you’ll do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in the crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young.” : Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google
Here’s what this quote makes me think about regularly:
Know when to say “Yes.” Saying “Yes”, doesn’t mean saying yes to everything. That bogs you down. But, when you’ve discovered how to say no to the wrong things – it allows you to say “Yes” to the right things.
Your comfort zone grows and changes the more you say, “Yes.” Think about the last time you tried something unknown or scary. After you succeeded, it became second nature. And then you were on to your next opportunity to say “Yes.” It’s worth it, keep trying new things and more new things and more new things.
“Yes” is easier when you view life as an adventure. A positive attitude as your standard makes your new, changing environment easier and more exciting. Think about new opportunities as an adventure instead of an ordeal and you’ll discover just where “Yes” can take you.
“Yes” is a life lesson. I encourage you to make it your goal now.