On your own, without any way to gauge whether or not your ideas are practical or wise, you might get carried away with your creativity.
That’s why the word “no” is an essential part of the professional creative life.
Hearing it helps me incorporate another perspective into my vision. I actually like hearing it so much that I consider it my favorite word.
If your client, editor, or boss says “no” to something you want to create:
- It’s an opportunity to trust someone else’s decision, rather than blindly believe the best option is what you want to do.
- It teaches patience because perhaps you’re not yet ready for what you think you want to do.
- It allows you to improve your work and find a new, more appropriate way to execute your idea.
“No” might not be your favorite word, but if your business offers services, adding it to your vocabulary when selecting clients is an advanced, killer move.
A lot can be gained from turning down the wrong client, and those benefits trickle in when you treat your own business as a client instead.