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To Earn More: Say No Comments

  • By Kate Hanley
  • June 22, 2010

dw_savings2Kate Hanley is the author of "The Anywhere Anytime Chill Guide," and the creator of the Ms. MindBody website.

Ch-ch-changes...
How do you change old financial patterns so you can earn more?

The road to wealth is paved by saying the word "no"—to jobs, people and situations that keep you stuck in an under-earning pattern, says Marianna Olszewski, author of the national bestseller "Live It, Love It, Earn It."

Here's how to build the right kind of negative reflexes, "so you can say yes to the jobs and activities you really want," says Olszewski, who built her own multi-million dollar business.

Just say no
Turning down low rates, bum jobs and not-so-great opportunities requires you to exercise a new set of muscles. Ask a friend to read the following list—while you practice answering, N-O.

And don't elaborate, adds Olszewski, "we woman especially have a tendency to overexplain, then give in."

  • Can you help me with my project?
  • Can you read this report for me?
  • Can you cancel your [fill in the blank] and go out with us instead?
  • Can I pay you just $50 a session?
  • Can you stay a little later?
  • Can I leave storage boxes in your basement?
  • Could you give me a couple of contacts in that area?

For a longer list of questions, click here.

Brag about it
What's your biggest win from saying no?

Kate Hanley is the author of "The Anywhere Anytime Chill Guide," and the creator of the Ms. MindBody website.

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