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Just Say No

Good Luck and Godspeed – No. 6

Good Luck and Godspeed

Montgomery Wealth Advisors

Welcome to Good Luck and Godspeed, a weekly dose of rational optimism.

It represents my desire to provide you, my healthcare leader readers, with something interesting, helpful, and not necessarily healthcare-related.
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“Nothing is as desired as much as the thing you want but can’t have.”
– Morgan Housel, A Few Thoughts on Spending Money

Secret Reasons

'No' is a superpower. Check out Greg McKeown's How to Say No Gracefully.
I love E.B. White's "For secret reasons"...

The power of "No".

There have been periods of my life where I was embarrassingly overcomitted. Often times I was even volunteering in a role I didn't like for people I didn't much care for.
A few years ago I reached a breaking point. I had to create space in my life. I had to say 'no'. In addition to making sure nothing new ending up on my to do list, it meant quitting things.
It started on a call with a consultant. I was serving as the board chair for an organization precious to me. She sensed my stress so she suggested I finish my term and step down. I argued my importance to the operation.
She said, "Do you really think you are the only one who can do this?"
Gut Punch.
Shortly thereafter, I heard Derek Sivers talk about his incredible simple mental model: Hell Yeah, or No. So now, unless I am overwhelmingly enthusiastic about something, the answer is propbably 'no'. I am still plenty busy, but now I rarely dread a committment. And there is just enough room to breath and let creativity flourish.

Something to Ponder

Mr. Nettles introduced me to Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism in 11th grade philosphy class. I've never looked back. The private thoughts of the most powerful man in the world? Sign me up.
"You’re better off not giving the small things more time than they deserve."

Money Thoughts

Back in January, Morgan Housel wrote a great article of somewhat miscellanious thoughts about money.
Read it in it's entirety.
What did you discover about yourself?