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Why It’s OK To Say No – Also in The Art World…
Because we can’t do EVERYTHING
Career 21 Jun 2021

A lot of the time, we’re too scared to say “no”, particularly at work. But why? We are not superhuman, and sometimes we simply don’t have the capacity. And, even though we know all this deep down, we still find ourselves saying “yes”, even when doing so will be a complete detriment to our other work. Well, fear not art squad, we’re here to reassure you that sometimes it’s completely fine to say “no”, and here’s why!

Because You’re Your Number One

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Who are you trying to impress? You need to look out for yourself. If saying “yes” to this task or opportunity is going to push you beyond your limit, then saying “no” is completely fine. Don’t feel guilty about it. 

Sometimes You Simply Don’t Have Time

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Why say “yes” if it means going above and beyond what is physically possible? The person asking for that favour would probably prefer someone who has the physical capacity to do it over someone who would rush to fit it in. Don’t say “yes” if you simply don’t have the time. 

You Might Not Be The Best One For The Job

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We all like to think that we can do anything. And that’s totally true, but sometimes we might not be the right person for the job at that particular moment in time. If you do not have the skills or knowledge to perform a certain task, then it’s completely fine to say it might be better given to someone else. 

You Can’t Say “Yes” To Everything

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There are simply not enough hours in the day. More importantly, saying “yes” to everything will lead people to believe that you are happy to do anything, and that’s never a good idea. Be kind to yourself, set boundaries. 

Sometimes Saying “Yes” Means Saying “No” To Something Important

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Sometimes we are blessed to receive multiple opportunities at once and we simply cannot say “yes” to them all. In fact, sometimes saying “yes” to one thing might mean having to say “no” to something that might be more important further down the line. What we’re saying is, think before you agree to anything. 

When Your Gut Simply Tells You That “No” Is The Right Answer

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You know that saying “trust your gut”? Well it’s famous for a reason, it’s usually right. If an opportunity feels a little bit off, then it probably is. If your gut is telling you to say no, it’s normally a good idea to follow your instincts. 

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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