In his book “Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From The Best In The World,” Tim Ferriss’ shares an interesting method you can use whenever you don’t know if you should say no to something.
Whenever you don’t know if you should say no to something, simply rate it on a scale from 1 to 10.
The one condition, however, is you can’t use the number 7.
Why? Because 7 is too safe of a number. 7 doesn’t commit to anything.
Whereas, if you rate something a 6, that’s terrible. In school, that’s barely passing.
Why would you decide to say yes to something you rate as a 6?
However, if you rate something an 8, that’s exciting and you should strongly consider it.
Tim Ferriss says,
“It immediately dawned on me how many invitations I was receiving that I would rate as a 7 – speeches, weddings, coffees, even dates. If I thought something was a 7, there was a good chance I felt obligated to do it. But if I have to decide between a 6 or an 8, it’s a lot easier to quickly determine whether or not I should even consider it.”
The benefit of making decisions this way is that it forces you to make a decision.
This is a method you can use for anything, whether it’s deciding if you should buy a specific book, go to a conference or have a coffee chat with someone.
Don’t be scared to have an opinion. Stop playing it safe. Make a decision.