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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by TV mega-producer, Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder), is much different than I thought it would be.
It all started with Shonda talking with her sister on Thanksgiving Day 2013, telling her about the invitations to the many fascinating events that she had received, to which her sister replied “You never say yes to anything.”
That statement stopped Shonda in her tracks. Her sister was right. She was busy as a single mom to three kids and at the time creator, writer and Executive Producer of two hit shows on ABC. Who had time for anything extra? Or that was what she told herself. The truth was that in spite of her success, Shonda was AFRAID. Afraid of so many things.
So she decided to take the next year and say YES to everything – things that terrified her which included giving the commencement speech at her alma mater, Dartmouth College and appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. But it wasn’t just about saying yes to these big events. It is also about things that a lot of us could afford to say yes to – taking care of our health, having difficult conversations and playing with our children.
I admit, when I picked up the book, I thought – “Great, I am going to be ‘guilted’ into adding more things to my already busy schedule”. But it wasn’t like that at all. It’s about looking at the things we say NO to and deciding if we would be better served by saying YES instead.Have you looked at the things you say no to and wondered if you'd be better served by saying yes? Click To Tweet
Shonda’s year of yes resulted in tremendous growth for her. What do YOU need to say yes to?
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