Say No & Let It Be

For so long, I’ve felt like I was faking it or winging it. Today, I realized I was learning the whole time. But see that’s the thing, we’re always learning & growing. What am I talking about…

This morning I said no to a major 6 month contract. Two years ago this was what I was hoping to land one day. I was in the car with my business partner and I said, “Saying no is sometimes better than saying yes.” Honestly, anyone that knows me knows I say “yes” to too many things. However, in the past few years I was learning… preparing.

This evening, I hosted a VIP Reception with a non profit client. We have our auction coming up in December but tonight was a way to show appreciation for our donors and share our mission. When our AV team was setting up before the event, I was biting my tongue. They were struggling with the projector & lighting. I wanted to jump in and “fix” the situation. But I had learned from the past, sometimes you have to let it be.

Which brings us to the next point. I’ve always been so darn hard on myself about my performance. It’s something I’m still working on. The hard part for me is that I know what success looks and feels like. I’ve always been hard on myself because I strive for excellence. However, what I’ve learned is that’s it’s more important to focus on the relationship than being right.

Tonight I focused more on the people than the process and that made all the difference. This brings us to my favorite quote of all time. “I’ve learned people forget what you said, people forget what you did but people never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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