Here’s What Will Happen if You Keep Saying “Yes” to Things You Don’t Want to Do

Anthony Moore
7 min readJul 22, 2021


“Every time you say yes to something you don’t want to do, this will happen: you will resent people, you will do a bad job, you will have less energy for the things you were doing a good job on, you will make less money, and yet another small percentage of your life wi be burned up.” -James Altucher

You can lie to yourself, but you can’t lie to your body.

A lot of people woke up today and convinced themselves: “this is fine.” Their life has become full of duties, obligations, debts, and schedules that demand their attention — though 99% of these things are, frankly, not what they should be doing.

Growing up, I was a severe people-pleaser. I felt that if I said no, I would be personally letting you down and making your life worse.

So I said yes. To…pretty much everything. I never had time to myself. I was too busy serving others.

I hated it. Most days, I’d wake up with dread and remorse, and every morning, I’d squash down those feelings and give, give, give.

And I learned that you’re someone who says “yes” a lot, you’ll attract a fair number of liars, cheaters, and manipulators looking to use you for their gain.

And if you continue to say yes, you’ll start to notice how exhausting and joyless your life can become.

Here’s what will happen if you keep saying “yes” to things you don’t want to do.

“We can never flee the misery that is within us.” -Arthur Golden

Becoming Incredibly Successful Means Saying No to the Wrong Money

“People are unhappy in large part because they are confused about what is valuable.” -William Irvine

The wrong money will keep you in mediocrity. It will make you unhappy, tired, and resentful.

A lot of people are making the “wrong” kind of money right now. I had an opportunity just this morning to take the wrong money — a high-paying gig that would ultimately become a burden, taking me away from what truly matters.

The wrong money is any money earned while doing tasks that are irrelevant to your Big



Anthony Moore

Writer for CNBC, Business Insider, Fast Company, Thought Catalog, Yahoo! Finance, and you.