When I got my first real job working for Burger King I was the happiest sixteen year old you have met. I was so proud to tell people I was punching the clock and getting a paycheck.
Naturally I wanted to be the best employee which meant never saying No. If they asked me to work over-time I would beg my parents to let me work. If it meant cleaning up some mess that no one else wanted to clean up, I did it.
I ran into a little crisis when my manager scheduled me to work on a Sunday even though I stated in my application that I couldn’t work on Sundays. I begged my parents but they put their foot down, there was no way they were letting me miss church for work.
When I started my first business, I wanted to go over and beyond for my customers. This meant that sometimes I got calls late night or super early morning to make special delivers.
I charged them for these mini emergencies but because I wanted to get more business, I charged a ridiculously low amount. I did this for a long time before a friend of mine sat me down and woke me up to the fact I was actually losing money.
The common theme in these stories is the fact that I couldn’t say NO.
Fast forward to the present and I’m living out my dreams as a public speaker, I get requests to speak at all kinds of event. At first I wanted to speak at every conference that would have me, but I have a family and get be gone everyday (more…)