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Saying no

When you say yes to one thing, you are saying no to another. -Peter Mallouk from his Tim Ferriss podcast.

By having a list of basic principles or things that you prioritize over others, when someone asks you to do something, you can say no with a bit of confidence. If the person was truly a good person, they would understand. This was how Peter Mallouk wrapped up his conversation with Tim Ferriss, and I think it really does ring true. It also correlates with Warren Buffet saying no basically 99% of the time.

This is an area I can truly learn from.

In my current position, I am often asked to help things, translation, a bit of promotion, etc. but these things may not line up completely with my long-term goals. That’s probably why I’ve been thinking more and more of stopping everything, having a blank slate, and starting anew. Financially, it’s fine for me to do that, but I do have other responsibilities that mean I shouldn’t, at least not without a concrete plan.

In the meantime, I guess I will continue with my projects, but will keep in mind that I have the ability to say no. I have already said no to a few things anyway, I guess I just have to do that on a larger scale.

Maybe it’s time to read 7 habits again…

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

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