Make Decisions That Lead to Success

Life is a series of choices and opportunities, each presenting us with the potential to shape our future. From selecting a career path to deciding on personal relationships, we constantly encounter crossroads where the right decision can have a profound impact on our lives. But how do we ensure we make the right decision in every opportunity that comes our way? Navigating the complexities of decision-making requires a thoughtful and deliberate approach. It demands an understanding of our values, aspirations, and priorities. As we face the ever-changing landscape of possibilities, it becomes crucial to develop a framework that empowers us to make informed choices, aligning them with our authentic selves.

The Temptation of Saying Yes

There is an undeniable allure in saying yes to every opportunity that knocks on our door. It tugs at our curiosity and beckons us to explore uncharted territories. Embracing opportunities has the power to fuel personal growth, unlock hidden potential, and broaden our horizons. It fills life with the excitement of venturing beyond our comfort zones.

By saying yes, we embrace new experiences, forge meaningful connections, and embark on remarkable journeys of self-discovery. It instills within us a spirit of adventure, urging us to seize the moment and embrace the abundance of life’s offerings. Saying yes is an invitation to embrace life’s richness and carve our own unique path.

The Power of Saying No

While saying yes may appear enticing, it is equally important to recognize the value of saying no. As a business attorney, I have come to appreciate that saying no is not about rejecting opportunities, but rather about making deliberate choices that align with our values, aspirations, and well-being. It reflects self-awareness, authenticity, and a commitment to leading a purposeful life.

Saying no empowers us to establish healthy boundaries, prioritize our time and energy, and avoid becoming overwhelmed by an endless stream of commitments. It allows us to focus on what truly matters, rather than succumbing to the whirlwind of busyness. By saying no, we gain the freedom to cultivate our passions, nurture our well-being, and invest our resources in endeavors that align with our truest selves.

The Art of Discernment

The key lies in mastering the art of discernment when faced with opportunities. Each decision requires thoughtful consideration, and several factors come into play:

  1. Values and Alignment: Evaluate whether the opportunity aligns with your core values and long-term aspirations. Does it resonate with the person you aspire to become?
  2. Impact and Growth: Reflect on the potential impact the opportunity may have on your personal and professional growth. Will it propel you forward and enable you to reach your fullest potential?
  3. Resource Allocation: Assess the resources required to pursue the opportunity effectively. Consider the investment of time, energy, and finances, and weigh them against the potential rewards.
  4. Opportunity Cost: Recognize that saying yes to one opportunity may entail sacrificing others. Consider the trade-offs involved and choose wisely, based on what truly aligns with your goals.
  5. Gut Instinct and Intuition: Listen to your inner voice. Intuition often provides valuable insights that logical analysis may overlook. Trust your instincts and honor the wisdom they hold.


In the realm of decision-making, the question of whether to say yes or no to every opportunity is a deeply personal one. As a business attorney offering life advice, I encourage you to embrace a sincere approach, guided by authenticity, purpose, and self-awareness. Embrace the opportunities that align with your values, aspirations, and growth while recognizing the power of saying no to protect your well-being and focus on what truly matters. Remember, the art lies in finding your unique balance, crafting a life that resonates with the very essence of who you are.

Video Transcript

Is It Better to Say Yes or No to Every Opportunity?

Perhaps you have seen this where YouTubers will do a little experiment where they will say yes to every opportunity that comes to them that day or that month. Or you might have heard people, books that have come out that have said, basically, if you want a full life, stop saying “no” or “I can’t do that.” Say yes. Say yes to every opportunity and challenge that comes along. So that is one argument. The other argument is you should use discretion and prioritize opportunities and only select the ones that are best for your strategic goals. Which approach is better is essentially what this question was asking.

When you are young, often it is fear that is holding you back from opportunities. And so, to the extent that saying yes to opportunities helps overcome fear and challenges you to do new things like public speaking. So let’s say you get an opportunity to speak in public. Do you take it or not? Well, there is a great example of overcoming that fear and saying yes. Great opportunity. But dating every person who asks you out on a date probably lacks some discretion. Taking every business opportunity that comes your way with every person, both the great opportunities and the wasteful opportunities, that just makes no sense. So I do think there is some value, at a young age, not saying no to opportunities just because you are afraid of them and being more receptive to looking for opportunities and new experiences.

But it still seems to me that discretion should guide you, and you should prioritize opportunities and that becomes especially important as we get older because you get so many opportunities. I read a newsletter this morning from John Jonas, the CEO of, and he was talking about how important it is to say no to countless categories, feature requests, customer requests, new opportunity requests, strategic partner requests, new ideas, and the latest marketing trends. Why? Because we have limited time and energy, and we need to focus on the opportunities that really matter. And if we fill up our schedule, like I am guilty of, we don’t have that margin to sit back and say, what is actually most important here and how do I prepare to do each thing well, rather than diving into the next thing and going through the rat race of life, being busy, but not strategically focusing on that, which is meaningful and moves the needle or truly makes a difference in life.


So in this great debate over whether to say yes to everything and just be more receptive and say yes, I think there is truth there as far as not being limited by fear, but I think most people have way more opportunities than they should say yes to and our greatest opportunity is starting to say no to a lot more, which then allows us to say yes to that, which really matters. An author once said, “If it is not a YES, it is a no.” In other words, there are a lot of great opportunities that will come along, and maybe they have some value, but it isn’t a significant amount of value. The author recommended that you say no to everything unless it is a YES. There is definite value there. That is how I see a lot of networking events. You go to a networking event, you meet 15 people, and you do some small talk; some of the people are interesting, and some are not. You walk away. Was there value to that? Yeah, there absolutely was value. But was it the most valuable thing you could have done with the time you spent preparing for and attending that event? I often found that it wasn’t the best use of time.


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