One of my first public blog posts ever no longer exists on the internet. It was published on the blog of the company I first worked for after college, which has since undergone a massive (and kind of perplexing) rebranding. Fortunately, I saved it: From Ugly to Design: Draplin Design Co. Rocks Vermont.
It was a run down on a presentation Aaron Draplin gave in a Burlington basement.
In the original blog, there are five direct quotes, but I frankly forgot about all but two. The two that, really, sum up the rest.
Say yes a little bit more than no.
Do good work for good people.
Some days, the hardest part is saying yes more often than no. I have a deep appreciation for the word no. I don’t think it’s anywhere near as negative as people make it out to be. No is as much positive as it is negative (just as yes can really, honestly and truly, be a negative). That said, sometimes it feels so good to say yes.
Some things I have recently said yes to: 24 Hours in Chicago, Talking to strangers, Cutting half my hair off, Extra hours in the office, One more cup of coffee at Ozo, Owning my geekiness (no matter how dweeby), Late night bike rides to clear the sickness from my throat.
What will you say yes to?