Why ‘Maybe’ Is Your Enemy in Business

While I’m not really one for
banning words, an exception
would be “maybe.” (Well, that
and “dude,” which made an
appearance in a recent New York Times article about me. I’ll be avoiding that word in
future interviews…) But back
to “maybe.” I’ve learned that when
entered into the dialogue of a
decision-making process,
“maybe” is a really bad thing.
“Maybe” is weak. “Maybe” is a
cop out. “Maybe” is distracting.
Oftentimes, “maybe” is
employed in an effort to be
nice. You want to help
someone. You’re dedicated to
supporting someone as they
learn and grow, and so you go along when they ask for
more than you originally
signed up for. “Can you get
me a job?” “Maybe.” “Can
you introduce me to some
big player you used to work with?” “Maybe.” “Will you
take this meeting with my
wife’s friend’s boyfriend?”
“Maybe.” But “maybe” can lead you in
the wrong direction.



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