Conversations I Wish I Had

How to Say “No”


Saying “no” to things is a learned skill that takes continuous practice, and a good amount of balance. The balance is because when you’re starting out in your career, I firmly believe that it’s important for you to agree to requests and to take on new tasks. It gets you out there, introduces you to new people and new skill sets, and teaches you so much you might not learn just performing your regular job. But then we get into a habit of saying ‘yes”, and we all know how hard habits are to break. We think things like, “if I don’t do it, no one will” or “if I do it, it will be done correctly.” Or more than just those things, we all like to please people, especially our friends and colleagues. So when a friend asks you to take on another research project or review a paper…

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