Steps to success, pt. 3: saying “No” and sticking to what you believe in

In my third installment in this series, I want to talk about the importance of the word “No”.

Every employer or teacher appreciates a go-getter attitude, and if you want to evolve and get better, you must always be willing to do a little bit of everything. But the opposite is also true: sometimes saying “No” can actually get you further in your job.

As a student or a young doctor, maybe you feel like you have to do everything your teacher or mentor tells you to, but following your instinct is one of the most important things you can learn.

If your ethical and work views are different from the people you’re working with, then you’re not really having a chance to grow and get better.

Always remember that no matter how experienced someone is, if you feel like you shouldn’t be doing something, then maybe you really shouldn’t. Always trust your instincts and always have the confidence in yourself to know better when you’re put on the spot.

And learning how to say “No” is something that applies to everything in your life. It can be hard to think this way, especially when you’ve been learning your whole life that you have to be nice, and that sometimes you have to do stuff that you don’t want to, to get ahead in life.

But let me put it this way: a “No” at the right time can save you a lot of trouble later on.

Be true to yourself, don’t compromise what you believe in and always have the courage to speak out when you don’t agree with something.

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