The Subtle Art of Mastering Leverage

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It’s a subtle art that distinguishes those who are successful from those who are not.

Success often boils down to your ability to discern your own flavor of wealth.

The holiday season reminds us what we value most.

You may recall that I’m a proponent of falling in love with “no” as your default.

As you navigate the intricate dance of executive negotiations, consider this quote from Nassim Taleb:

“You are rich if and only if the money you refuse tastes better than the money you accept.”

Think about it for a moment.

The power to decline opportunities that don’t align with your vision, values, and ultimate goals is a mark of true wealth.

The mindful executives emerge victorious, gracefully saying ”no” to poor-fit opportunities and preserving their confidence and leverage. (And often win bigger where it matters most.)

The world is split between those who don’t know how to make money and those who don’t know how to stop.

Consider which side you stand onβ€”or better yet, create your own path and screw someone else’s “rules.”

Don’t just accumulate wealth; master the art of refusing what doesn’t align with your grand vision.

Stay fearless, friends. 

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