Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Reader Mark Bostic says some times you have to say yes.
That’s when you’re asked for a favor in your expertise.
When that happens, Mark happily obliges.
“It’s a chance to do what I do well,” he says.
“I get to freely give of my talents and do my best.
“By sticking with my expertise I contribute.
“And I feel good about it.”
Mark makes a good point.
Long ago, the Literacy Council asked me to serve on its board.
I was tempted. I believe everyone should be able to read.
My wife advised me to say no.
“You’re up to your neck in everything,” she said.
She was right. I was over committed. I said no.
But now literacy has become a passion.
I get to help with literacy now that I have a bit more time.
My goal is to raise $200 million to combat illiteracy.
The money comes from book sales and speaking engagements.
When you buy one of my books, you help with literacy.
Book me to speak, you’re helping with literacy, too.
This is not a sales pitch. I just wanted to let you know.
Now about saying “no” . . . or sometimes “yes”.
When you’re asked, and you will be, weigh the cost.
Weigh the benefits. Use Ben Franklin’s formula.
Make two columns. Benefits in one, Liabilities in the other.
If the good outweighs the bad, go for it.
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