Every Time You Say Yes You Are Also Saying No To Something Else
Yuli Azarch | October 5, 2016 | No Comments on Every Time You Say Yes You Are Also Saying No To Something Else
It’s one way of making money online. There are many ways to do it. I’ve been doing it for two and a half years, and I stopped doing it only two weeks ago. I’ve been doing around $3,000 to $5,000 every month, and I’ve been doing it by working 1 hour a month. Obviously, it took some time to build up, but after I built my systems and everything, that’s kind of how I’ve been living for the last two years with this business, and it was a nice monthly cashflow.
However, two weeks ago, I decided to say no to this business. I decided to close the business. I decided to stop it. And that’s what I want to share with you. If you ask me why the hell I would give away a business that I worked 1 hour a month for and get $3,000-$5,000, the reason, which is the topic of the post as well is every time you say yes to something, you say no to something else. Now, really, think about it. Every time you say yes to something, you say no to something else.
I’ll give you an example of this business. I’ve been doing around $3,000 to $5,000 for the last 2 years, net profit, after all expenses. And I’ve been working on it one hour a month, so my value per hour is actually pretty amazing. If you calculate by hour, I was doing maybe $1,000-$3,000 plus per hour. It’s an amazing value. However, lately, because I didn’t spend time on this, it went down a bit, so the profit went down as well, and I needed to work a bit to get it up. In order to get it up, I probably would have to spend around five, six, or seven hours roughly to get it back on the same situation.
To be honest, I just didn’t want to do it because those seven hours is something you can spend on something else. I can spend it on making videos like this right now and posts such these, giving back to people who could use this information. I can spend the time with friends and loved ones. It wasn’t an easy decision because it’s still money, but I actually want to share with you a beautiful quote that I heard around two years ago. It’s from Warren Buffett, and he says, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”
Back when I heard it two years ago, I was shocked, and I didn’t really understand what it means. But now, the more I progress, the more I learn, the more I grow, I started understanding it. Whenever you say yes to many meetings for the day, you basically say no to your goals, because if you have goals, you need to work on them, and usually you have a very limited amount of priorities. I really started understanding it more and more, and that’s why I said no to this business even though I knew it brought me money and it was great.
But now I have time to focus on other things, other things that can bring me more money, things that I can enjoy more, because I stopped enjoying this business. It brought me some money, yes. I could be on autopilot while I was working on it. But I didn’t really enjoy it. Business is stressful, so it’s certainly important also to enjoy what you do.
It’s really, really important to say no to other things, and it’s not only with business. If you’re going to say yes to, let’s say, meeting 10 people today or 5 people tomorrow and having these meetings, you’re saying no to having your personal time. You’re saying no to working on your goals all day long when you have some priorities. So every time you say yes to something, you say no to something else. And that’s really what priorities are all about. You have to prioritize what you have to do.
Since I’ve stopped it, actually, I also have a mental load that went down and I enjoy life more. I don’t really have to think about it anymore. I enjoy much more my other businesses. Yes, I do earn $2,000 or $3,000 less a month, but I enjoy so much more what I’m doing, and I even have time to make this video.
I don’t earn anything from the video\blog right now. I don’t know how to monetize it. Maybe I’ll monetize it in the future, but I’m really doing it purely just because I want to give back and I want to share some information, my insights, and my journey. And I’ll have time to do that because in those four or five hours a month, I can make plenty of videos. My time is limited, obviously. I can’t do everything, and that’s the power of saying no. It turns things that you love doing into things you can say yes to.
I want to add one more thing that I really believe in: do what you have to do while you have to do it, and then do what you want to do. In this business, for example, I’ve been making $3,000 to $5,000 for the last 2 years working on average 1 hour a month, literally. It’s still money. I really respect money. I think it’s important to respect it, and I’ve been doing it. I wasn’t making millions of dollars every month, so it’s still money. And this money allowed me to travel the world, do other things, invest in other businesses, and pay the bills. It’s really important, and I was doing it.
However, I did it because I had to. As I said, I wasn’t earning millions of dollars, and I only started growing toward six figures. And I did it, and lately all the other businesses that I’ve done have started growing. I have much more savings. I have investments. And I’m not relying on this. This was an example of something I had to do, in a way, even though I had many other options of what to do. I did enjoy it in time. I learned a bunch of skills doing this. I learned about some lessons about e-mail marketing. But I stopped enjoying it, and now I don’t have to do it.
Now I choose no, and I choose to do what I want to do. And that’s the power of making more money online, growing yourself, scaling, and doing things on autopilot. It lets you choose to do what you love to do. That’s when you start feeling fulfilled. You’re doing things you enjoy, and accordingly, your income will probably skyrocket as well because you’re doing what you love. So I really believe that if you have to do something you’re not enjoying in the beginning, it’s completely okay. Do it for a certain period. Don’t get stuck with it all the time. Have a strategy on how to properly get out of it and do things what you want to do.
To summarize, my key insight and the key lesson of this video is every time you say yes to something, you say no to something else. So I invite you to choose really carefully what you say yes to, like which projects you accept, which businesses you want to do, which people you surround yourself with, which foods you put into your mouth. All around you, you can say yes to all things, but when you do, you’re saying no to other things.
I would love to hear your comments and your thoughts below.