September 13th, 2013

"Innovation is saying 'no' to a 1,000 things" – Steve Jobs

By Ron Nakamoto

"Innovation is saying 'no' to a 1,000 things" – Steve Jobs

Below is a blog post about a fascinating study led by renowned Columbia researcher Heidi Grant Halvorson.  The results indicate that the declarative "I don't____" is the most effective way to say "no".  This tool complements the #empoweredwealth tool The Empowering Question based upon "interrogative self-talk".  These tools are consistent with our concept of Congruent Leverage.  In turn, however, Congruent Leverage can only be applied when one is very clear about what's essential versus all of the things that are very important.  That's what's meaningful about Steve Jobs' famous quote; he had a strong sense of what was essential.

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A Scientific Guide to Effectively Saying No
Learning how to say no is one of the most useful skills you can develop, especially when it comes to living a more productive and healthy life. Saying no to unnecessary commitments can give you the time you need to recover and rejuvenate. Saying no to daily distractions can give you the space you need to focus on what is important to you. And saying no to temptation can help you stay on track and achieve your health goals.

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