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When to Say "No"

When a company says they want to hire you, then offers you far less than you're worth.


When a student asks to meet with you for career advice, then makes it difficult to find a time and place that works.


When your children ask you for a second bowl of ice cream right before bed.


When a volunteer association asks you to take on a time-intensive project that doesn't make the best use of your time or talents.


When your manager asks you to do something inauthentic, unethical, or illegal.


Saying "no" isn't always easy or popular, so people often just say "yes" instead.


But as author Paolo Coehlo wrote, “When you say 'Yes' to others, make sure you are not saying 'No' to yourself."



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