Warren Buffett Says the Secret to Success Is Saying ‘No.’ Do Experts Agree?

Warren Buffett Says the Secret to Success Is Saying ‘No.’ Do Experts Agree?

Billionaire and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett once said, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” We asked these accomplished leaders and Advisors in The Oracles if they agreed with Buffett. Here’s what they said.

See what happens when you say yes to something new.

I disagree with Buffett. In my experience, saying yes and then figuring it out can be extremely beneficial. I’m always open to new ideas. I love staying ahead of trends, sometimes creating and leading them. I do this by stepping outside my comfort zone, taking calculated risks, and trying something new.

I’m a doer. There’s no place in my life for “can’t” or “no,” because they accomplish nothing. You move toward your goals by staying in motion. When I started in real estate, I was told I’d never make it in the Hamptons because the market was too exclusive and hard to break into, especially as a woman. If I’d listened to those opinions, I would not have grown my business into the third-largest residential real estate company in the country. Instead, I said, “Yes, I can,” and then figured out how I would succeed. I love proving people wrong. There’s something wonderful about overcoming others’ ideas of what’s possible. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. Dottie Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman, a real estate brokerage empire with more than $27 billion in annual sales; connect with Dottie on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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