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Author: Stephen Olmstead

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This is the Parable: musings on Design, Faith, and Life with Stephen Olmstead.
5 Episodes
Saying No, to Say Yes

Saying No, to Say Yes


Saying 'no' to someone should be easy right? How can saying a simple, two-letter word cause so much angst in individuals. In this episode Stephen talks about how habitual 'yes-giving' can be a recipe for disaster when applied to your priorities.
What exactly makes someone good at building a respected, successful career over the long haul? We’re talking careers that span 20, 30, 40-years long. In this episode Stephen discusses four patterns and traits of successful long-term career builders: 1) They’re not afraid to embrace the role of sidekick. 2) They seek sustained balance over short-term extremes. 3) They pursue simplicity in systems and processes. 4) They temper all of their endeavors with optimistic realism.
Being vulnerable with others can be a difficult thing to do, especially when its in a group setting. Stephen shares his experience of learning how to be vulnerable in a group setting at an event like Epicurrence and tips for those looking to open up when trust doesn't come easy.
Stephen talks about his experience with using a trailer as his daily home office. Can a setup like that actually work out long-term? What are the benefits? How do you pick one? What do you need to know before you take the plunge on a setup like this?
Diligently cultivating healthy discipline in any area of life is time well spent. The hardest part is getting started, but once you do, a treasure trove of stacking benefits begins to occur as one successful habit encourages and begets another.
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