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[Review] Say Yes, And!

Two words. One simple idea.

The author of “Say “Yes, And!”: 2 Little Words That Will Transform Your Career, Organization, and Life!“, as the title implies, believes that just by learning to say two simple words – “Yes, And” – can have a profound impact on your life.

Avish Parashar, a professional improv speaker and comedian who is also author of “Improvise to Success!“, argues in the book that too many people fall into the trap of hobbling their own opportunities by saying “Yes, But” instead of “Yes, And”. “Every new project (or idea, or relationship, or impulse) represents a moment in time. Saying, “yes, but,” is a sure way to stay stuck exactly where you are,” Parashar insists. “It’s a great way to alienate and annoy the people around you. It’s a great way to deny yourself the joy and success you want and deserve.”

In a nutshell, Parashar is recommending a mindset change – interestingly, “Yes, And” is supposed to be a fundamental principle in improv comedy – and spends a greater part of the little book trying to convince you to do so. The more interesting ideas, though, come in the latter part of “Say “Yes, And!” where Parashar shares examples on how you can adopt those two words in your life and, as a business owner or manager in a company, in your business.

The irony, of course, is that if you don’t already have a positive approach to life, you’re unlikely to want to pick up “Say “Yes, And!“. But if you’re determined to learn one simple idea on how you can change your life for the better, this little book may be worth looking at.

Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.

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