Saying “No”

Last week I caught up with a friend and we discussed what we have been up too. As part of the discussion we also talked about what we are not doing…. Strange you may say, but it can be the hardest part for a go getter like myself to actually say “no” to good projects. As Jim Collins has said “Good is the enemy of great”.

In our conversation we both talked about the things that we have not got to yet, mostly because we were doing good things (not necessary great things). Though it is true, if you want something done, then give it to someone that is busy. It is also true that if you are the busy person, then you need to ensure that you focus is on the activities that get you where you want to go.

Why is focus so important? If you live your life with a mission and I encourage you to, then you need to ensure that your daily activities head in the direction of your mission. Else you will find yourself without the time to do what is really important to you.


  • What are you doing in your life that is good, but not great?
  • What are the things that you have not got to, but are important in your life?
  • How can you re-organise your schedule to drop out one good task and replace it with one great one?


About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is passionate about life and thrives on empowering others, in particular when it comes to leadership. Attila has in excess of 17 years of experience in the private, government, not for profit and volunteer sectors. He also has formal qualifications in business, management, training and legal services. He is currently study towards his Masters of Business Administration. Attila’s sense of adventure has taken him around the world. His passion for travel includes a number of community projects in developing nations and he has conducted business on four contingents around the globe. Attila has a passion for speaking, writing, training, coaching and consulting individuals, teams and organisations to achieve greatness. Attila writes at his personal blog, where you will find his contact details.

Posted on Sunday, 22 Jun 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. loved this “Good is the enemy of great”

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