The Top 10 Things You Should Say ‘No’ to for a Happier Life

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Table of Contents

1. Perfection
2. Excuses
3. Food with no quality nutrients
4. Completing useless things
5. Responding to messages ad-hoc
6. Doing things you can delegate
7. Takers
8. Bad routines
9. Spending most of your time with the wrong people
10. Comparing apples to oranges

Say no to…

1. Perfection

“Perfection is the enemy of progress.”
— Winston Churchill

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2. Excuses

“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”
— George Washington Carver

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3. Food with no quality nutrients

“Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.”
— Hippocrates

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4. Completing useless things

“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”
— Peter Drucker

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5. Responding to messages ad hoc

“Emails get reaction. Phone calls start conversations.”
— Simon Sinek

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6. Doing things you can delegate

“As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you must also understand the art of delegation.”
— Richard Branson

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7. Takers

“Know the difference between those who stay to feed the soil and those who come to grab the fruit.”
Pinterest.com

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8. Bad Routines

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”
— Warren Buffett

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9. Spending most of your time with the wrong people

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
— Jim Rohn

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10. Comparing apples to oranges

“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.”
— Bill Gates

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Learning to say “no” is a skill. Practice it. Master it. Say “no” to the right things now and you’ll be happier for it.

You can do this!

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