My good friend Esben sent me this: Â» 8 Essential Strategies to Saying â€œNoâ€
It’s an article from the site FREELANCESWITCH, and below is a quote that “hit home”.
By saying â€œnoâ€, although you might feel that others will feel offended or hurt (and itâ€™s possible), you are also sending a strong message that you value your time, that you have priorities, and that you also respect the person to whom youâ€™re saying no, as you donâ€™t want to commit to something and then do a lousy job or not do it at all.
I can relate to that, and so can some of my – former – customers :-(. So I need to meditate on the resolve of “saying no”.
This is important for me to do for at least three reasons:
- I will most likely be venturing down the free-lance road again.
- The new position I’m starting on September 1st., is a “regular” job, but it will, most likely, have qualities, that are very similar to free-lancing.
- My resolve is to start working with project management
10 years ago I attended a course on how to control requirements in ICT projects, and the tutor started the course with a simple exercise: “And now you all rise, and say NO!”.
I guess I’m a lousy listener.
(The picture above is copied from the article from FREELANCESWITCH, and is considered fair use).