Warren Buffett is credited with this quote…

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”


There are five leadership insights embedded in this quote and his thinking.

  1. “No” is about “Focus” not selfishness
  2. “No” prevents burnout from overextending ourselves
  3. “No” allows others to grow, take responsibility, and maximize their potential as leaders
  4. “No” allows us to say “Yes” to the most important people in our lives (i.e. family, friends, etc.)
  5. “No” is our best chance of making dreams come true and living regret free lives

I don’t “know” about you but “No” is sounding awfully good to me.

Update:  For more thinking read 70% of your time at work is wasted