I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately from different readers on a lot of different things. Some want to interview me, have me write a guest post or help out with a project. I’m tired of people being timid about asking things from me [I think I’m a pretty nice guy] and there’s not a lot to be scared of [except for the times I’m holding a javelin]. Here’s a very poorly kept secret. If you have any sort of reasonable request [and you're nice about it], there’s a very slim chance that I will actually say “no” to it. I mentioned this in a talk I had with Tim, but I felt like I needed to formally announce it here on BIT:
Starting now, until further notice, I have a “yes policy”
How This Works
If you have something you’re working on, I’d love to hear about it and if you’d like me to help out with it, 95% of the time, the answer is yes. Just a few ideas of stuff I’d love to help you out with:
- If you need another set of eyes on a project you’re working on, I’ll be happy to look at it.
- If you’d like me to write a guest post, I would love to [see other guest posts I’ve written here].
- If you’d like to interview me, I’d love to talk to you.
- If you’d like me to contribute to a project you’re working on, I’d be glad to help out.
There are some things I don’t do that I reserve the right to say no to, but I tried to keep it a short list.
Yes, my time is limited [there are a lot of you impossible do-ers out there], but as much as possible, I’ll try to make myself accessible. I can’t promise that I’ll always be able to do everything you want, exactly how you want it, but I’ll do my best to help you out as best I can.
Why Have a Yes Policy?
A lot of people worry that having a yes policy will suck their time away into oblivion. Maybe it will, I don’t know. So why chance having one?
The #1 reason I’m pursuing this “yes policy” is because I’m grateful. I’m grateful for the life that I have. I’m grateful that every single one of you take the time to read this Blog of Impossible Things. I’m grateful that other people have taken their time, said “yes” to me, and poured themselves back into me. I guess there are some out there that look for others to say yes to them, and then refuse to do the same for others. Maybe that works for them, but I don’t think I can live a life where I take, take, take, without giving back.
Some people worry that saying “yes” will dilute their “brand”, devalue their time and suck their energy. Trust me, I get that. I really do. But I also find it hard to go wrong with a policy of generosity. And I think it’s stupid to let the fear of something, keep you from doing something you want to. To not implement something like this because I’m scared that it might kill my time would be dumb. I don’t know if it will until I try it. If I try it and it does, then I can look back at this, shake my head at dumb little Joel, learn a lesson and move on. However, I don’t think that’s going to happen…for a couple reasons:
- I LIKE hearing from you guys. Some people get bogged down by their readers, but you guys are one of my main sources of inspiration. Seriously, if you’re reading this, you’re awesome.
- Having a policy of generosity works really well with replying to comments & emails you guys send my way though lots of people say it’s a waste of time [fyi - people are never a waste of time].
- The more work I have, the more efficient I am. It happens almost automatically just from having more to do & having the same amount of time to do it in.
- Giving creates a vacuum for more good things to come. That saying about the more you give, the more you get? Call it goodwill, karma or woo-woo wishywash, but I see this all the time and it’s true.
So if you’re wondering about something. Feel free to ask. 95% of the time, the answer is yes =).
Now some questions for YOU, before you leave:
Q#1 // What do you think about having a “yes” policy? Is it a good idea or am I screwed?
Q#2 // Also, is there anything you’re working on that I can help with?
PSA: The Indiana stop of Chris Guillebeau’s Unconventional Book Tour is happening tonight in Bloomington at Howard’s Bookstore. If you’re in the area, you should definitely plan on coming out. Chris from AONC & Baker from ManVsDebt will be there so good times are guaranteed. I’m looking forward to it and would love to see you out there. Blog meetups are always a lot of fun.