Creative People Say No

Saying “no” has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations. The math of time is simple: you have less than you think and need more than you know.

Time is arguably one of our most valuable commodities. Unlike bars of gold or any other precious metal, time cannot be stockpiled. Either you spend it wisely while you have it by packing meaning into it or it'll slide away easily without announcement. No other instance in my life have I felt the significance of time than now as a father by ensuring I dedicate enough of it only to those things that matter in my life.

There's presently an accumulation of TV shows that my wife and I both enjoy to sit back and watch attentively in our bedroom but between caring for our 2-year son, work, errands and household imperatives, I highly doubt we'll ever catch up on any of them which is why I've accepted the fact that I will have to say "No" to them and abandoned the ritual we had of watching them. Many of the things that appeared important at the time all seem trivial now.

I had written a while back about Evaluating Time and what was stated then stills holds weight now. The very little time I have to do anything is dedicated towards either reading, writing or photographing all of which I feel has added value to me as a person. Much like Kevin Ashton, I've learned to say "No" to a lot of things in my life.