Master the Art of Saying No

The Fashionisto

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Published October 15, 2014

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Updated February 10, 2023

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Viktor & Rolf Fall/Winter 2008. Photo: Viktor & Rolf

As a highly driven individual, you’re no stranger to the demands of modern life. With limited time at your disposal, it’s essential to make the most of every moment. This is a lesson that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs touched upon in his famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University.

In Jobs’ words, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” To make the most of your time and avoid burnout, it’s crucial to understand the value of saying “no.” Whether you’re a photographer considering taking on another assignment or a friend who’s been asked to house-sit, you’re sacrificing precious time and energy each time you say yes.

Instead, embrace the power of “no” more frequently, reserving your yeses for the opportunities that truly matter. By doing so, you’ll avoid the trap of exhaustion, stress, and uninspired moments, freeing yourself up to focus on what truly matters. So, don’t be afraid to set boundaries and prioritize your time—your future self will thank you.


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