We are often told to avoid negatives. That “YES” carries more weight.
But an emphatic “NO” is celebrated today in Greece on OXI Day. At 3 a.m. on October 28, 1940 Mussolini delivered an ultimatum to Greece – a demand that the Italian army be allowed passage across the border and enter unopposed. The Greeks responded with “OXI” – the single word “NO”.
The laconic reply became a rallying cry. A “no” to occupation. No to Fascisim. No to tyranny.
“OXI” became a story. Saying “NO” changed the world. The Italian army was held up by strong Greek resistance. The Nazi’s diverted resources to finish the job and occupy Greece. That delayed their invasion of Russia into a harsh winter. And that altered the course of WWII contributing to an Allied victory.
You can make change by saying no. No to a client with whom you do not want to work. With courtesy and in a timely manner. That gives you the resources to do something else.
No is also a story.
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