There is a movie called Yes Man. The comedian Jim Carrey plays Carl—a guy who says ’no' to everything. Carl’s most common ‘no’ is uttered to his friends who want to go out and party. After awhile Carl’s friends are tired of being rejected and stop trying to contact him. His life changes, however, when he is dragged to a seminar that talks about saying ‘yes' to everything in life. The rules were simple: no matter what, you had to say ‘yes' to any request for a whole year. The movie chronicles Carl's journey as he starts saying ‘yes' in life, instead of ‘no’.
Although this movie is categorized as a comedy, Carl's new motto makes a striking point. His life opens up completely after his decision to say ‘yes' to anything and everything. Opportunities are unlocked that he never would have had before. He meets a girl, he gets promoted, and so on.
Obviously we cannot say ‘yes' to every single thing in life and expect everything to get better, but I do think there is an important principle in this affirmative motto—say ‘yes’ to life. Personally, I used to be similar to Carl; I would say ’no' to most invites, and later I would look back on my decision with regret. A while back I decided to change my motto, similar to Carl, and for the most part, accept opportunities that came my way. Whether it was helping a friend move, going to a baseball game, meeting someone for lunch...the activity was inconsequential…I made a difference and good opportunities opened up that I never expected.
What was my own conclusion you ask? I almost never regretted it. Even if you are just helping someone move…wow, you have made that person’s day. Nothing in your life is ever going to change for the better if you sit at home and do the same thing every single day. Say ‘yes' to life, and say ‘yes’ to any right and good opportunity. You never know what will happen. What do you have to lose? If you keep saying ’no' In life, your options will continue to shrink and your life will slowly enclose around you. So say ‘yes', and see what opportunities await you!
Jonathan King, Co-founder